Novak Djokovic faces deportation after Australia cancels visa

Melbourne, 14 January

Tennis star Novak Djokovic has faced deportation again after the Australian government revoked his visa for the second time.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said on Friday he used the discretion of his minister to revoke the 34-year-old Serb’s visa on public interest grounds three days before the start of the Australian Open.

Djokovic’s lawyers are expected to appeal the cancellation in the Federal Circuit and Family Court, as they did successfully after the first cancellation.

This is the second time that Djokovic’s visa has been revoked since arriving in Melbourne last week to defend his Australian Open title.

Their exemption from a COVID-19 vaccination requirement to compete was approved by the Victoria State Government and Tennis Australia, the tournament organiser. This apparently allowed him to obtain a visa to travel.

But the Australian Border Force rejected the exemption and canceled his visa on arrival in Melbourne. He spent four nights at the hotel trying to overturn that decision before a judge on Monday. AP