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Novak Djokovic appealing second Australian visa cancellation over COVID-19 vaccine status

Novak Djokovic appeals to cancel second Australian visa due to COVID-19 vaccination status

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Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic is appealing his Australian visa cancellation for a second time after the country’s minister of immigration revoked it in an ongoing saga over his coronavirus vaccine status.

He will be the No. The No.1 seed for the Australian Open tournament, which is expected to be his ninth win. He has been threatened by deportation and arrest if he does not play in the Australian Open tournament.

Alex Hawke, Australia’s minister for immigration, citizen and migrant services, said in a statement Friday that he was exercising power under the country’s Migration Act to cancel Djokovic’s visa once again, days after a judge overturned the first cancellation.

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He stated that he did it “on good health grounds and on the ground that it was the public interest.”

He framed Djokovic’s vaccine status as a border security issue and said he based his decision after receiving information from the country’s Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Border Force.

Border Force replied that Djokovic did not provide sufficient evidence for Australia entry requirements.

The Force stated in a statement that non-citizens without a valid visa or having their visa cancelled would be removed from Australia.

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Djokovic was expected to meet with authorities and be placed in immigration detention – which in his case could be a hotel similar to the one he spent four nights in last week during his initial visa snafu.

Djokovic was not located by the Border Force, so they did not respond immediately to our request. 

Djokovic, a 20-time major champion and the top-ranked men’s tennis player in the world, is unvaccinated.

Australian Open participants, and all foreign visitors must have their vaccinations up to date, unless there is a medical exemption. 

Djokovic shared on Wednesday that he was positive for COVID-19 during mid-December. However, he cancelled all of his public appearances and instead sat down for an interview with French magazine. During the interview, he stated that he had socially distanced himself from others and was wearing a mask when taking photos.

He was then isolated ahead of his tournament.

He said, “It’s always an honour and a privilege” to be able to participate in the Australian Open. “The Australian Open is a beloved event by all players, fans, and community members, not only in Victoria but also around the world.”

Djokovic had argued last month that because he contracted COVID-19 naturally, he should get a medical exemption to the vaccine requirement under the tournament’s rules. Officials initially granted him one – but the Australian Border Force canceled his visa when he landed in Melbourne last week.

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This decision was overturned by a judge earlier in the week.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos and Sarah Rumpf and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Source: FoxNews.com

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