Novak Djokovic's visa revoked by Australian Immigration minister: top tennis player must leave the country

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Australia has again canceled Novak Djokovic’s visa and plans to deport him. The Serb refuses to be vaccinated against the coronavirus and so the Australian government refuses to allow him on their territory. His only hope of defending his title at the Australian Open is to challenge the decision.

Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has exercised his personal authority to revoke Novak Djokovic’s visa. “The reason is to maintain health and good order, on the grounds that this is in the public interest. In making this decision, I have carefully considered the information provided to me by the Home Office, the Australian Border Guard and Mr Djokovic,” Hawke said.

Djokovic’s lawyers are preparing to immediately file a preliminary injunction against the decision. The Australian Open starts on Monday. So time is running out for the Serbian defending champion. If he does not contest the decision or fails to do so, he will be immediately expelled from the country. The Serbian tennis player’s name was already included in the Australian Open draw. He would meet his compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic (ATP 78) in the first round, but that will not go through as it stands now. Djokovic would be chasing his 21st Grand Slam victory in Melbourne, which would make him the record holder.

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Djokovic had his visa withdrawn by customs last week on arrival in Australia because there were problems with the medical exemption he received to enter the country without a vaccination certificate. However, the judge then overturned that decision.

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