Australia cancels Novak Djokovic’s visa for the second time

Novak Djokovic’s visa is canceled for the second time, throwing the Australian Open into disarray

  • Officials said a player not vaccinated against Covid could pose a risk to the community
  • Immigration Secretary Alex Hawke used his discretionary powers to cancel his visa
  • The number 1 in the tennis world faced increasing criticism for his actions

Australia has canceled Novak Djokovic’s visa for the second time, the country’s immigration minister said on Friday.

Officials said the world No. 1 tennis player who is not vaccinated against COVID-19 could pose a risk to the community.

The annulment means Djokovic will be banned from a new Australian visa for three years, barring certain circumstances.

Immigration Secretary Alex Hawke used his discretionary powers to revoke Djokovic’s visa again after a court overturned an earlier revocation and released him from immigration detention on Monday.

Australia has canceled Novak Djokovic's visa for the second time, the country's immigration minister said on Friday.  Pictured: Djokovic rests during a training session at Melbourne Park, Australia on January 14, 2022

Australia has canceled Novak Djokovic’s visa for the second time, the country’s immigration minister said on Friday. Pictured: Djokovic rests during a training session at Melbourne Park, Australia on January 14, 2022

“Today I exercised my authority under Section 133C(3) of the Migration Act to revoke Mr Novak Djokovic’s visa on grounds of health and good order, as it was in the public interest to do so,” Hawke said in a statement.

“This decision follows orders from the Federal Circuit and Family Court dated January 10, 2022, overturning a previous annulment decision on grounds of procedural fairness.

“In making this decision I have carefully considered the information provided to me by the Home Office, the Australian Border Force and Mr Djokovic.

“Morrison’s government is firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Melbourne newspaper The Age quoted Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Liberal Party source earlier Friday as saying the government was “strongly inclined” to revoke the visa again.

The tennis star has faced increasing criticism for his actions, including from other tennis players who are set to play at the Australian Open next week.

Greek world number four Stefanos Tsitsipas said Djokovic “plays by his own rules” and makes vaccinated players “look like idiots”.

“Nobody really thought that they could come to Australia unvaccinated and not have to follow the protocols… it takes a lot of courage to risk the Grand Slam, which I don’t think many players would do,” Tsitsipas said in an interview with the Indian news channel WION.

An online poll by media group News Corp found that 83 percent supported the government’s attempt to deport the tennis star.

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