Novak Djokovic: Australia cancels tennis star’s visa ahead of Australian Open

Novak Djokovic’s Australian visa has been canceled days before resumption Australian Open,

On Friday, the Australian immigration minister, Alex Hawke, exercised a personal power to revoke Djokovic’s visa, which could result in the deportation of the world No 1 and leave him out of contention for the Grand Slam tournament. in which the victory of the Court has been withheld.

The decision means that Djokovic could be effectively barred from re-entering Australia for three years, unless he can show in future bids that compelling circumstances exist, such as compassionate or Australian. basis of national interest.

Hawke said in a statement that he revoked the visa “on the grounds of health and good order”. [and] on the ground that it is in the public interest to do so.”

Hawke rejected the Australian government’s damages in court on Monday, saying Djokovic’s visa was only reinstated “on the basis of procedural fairness”.

Hawke said he had “carefully considered” the information provided by Djokovic, his department and the Australian Border Force.

“The Morrison Government is strongly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The decision follows comments on Thursday by the prime minister, Scott Morrison, that he expects officials to implement government policies requiring nonresident nonresidents to have double vaccination or have an acceptable medical exemption.

Djokovic arrived in Australia on the evening of 5 January. He believed that the visa granted on 18 November and the waiver approved by Tennis Australia’s Chief Medical Officer and a Victorian Government independent expert panel would be sufficient to enter Australia.

Following a late night questioning at Melbourne airport, Djokovic’s visa was initially revoked last Thursday by a representative of the Minister for Home Affairs, on the grounds that recent Covid infections were an exemption from Australia’s strict vaccination requirements. was not enough.

The representative concluded that, since he had not been vaccinated, Djokovic posed a threat to public health.

But on Monday, a federal circuit court judge reinstated Djokovic’s visa, concluding that it was unfair for the Australian Border Force to back down from a deal to give him more time at the airport to resolve the waiver issue. Was.

Public prosecutors immediately gave notice to world No. 1 that the immigration minister could still exercise a personal power to revoke the visa.

Djokovic faced an agonizing wait, with questions about his travel fortnight before arriving in Australia and attendance at events following his positive COVID diagnosis on 16 December. Der Spiegel also claimed that the discrepancies suggested that the positive result could be negative or the date 26 December.

On Wednesday, Djokovic admitted that his agent had made an “administrative mistake” when he announced that he had not traveled two weeks before his flight to Australia and was not in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19. by admitting to an “error of judgment”.

The new decision to revoke the visa leaves the Australian Open without one of its biggest stars and Djokovic – who was looking for a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam victory – unable to defend the title he won nine times.