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Novak Djokovic gets visa canceled again, faces deportation from Australia

Novak Djokovic loses his visa and is deported from Australia

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Novak Djokovic was deported again after his visa was revoked for his COVID-19 status, days before the Australian Open began. This despite earlier government decisions in his favour.

Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said Friday he used ministerial discretion on the grounds of public interest to cancel Djokovic’s visa.

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Djokovic’s team was expected to appeal at the Federal Circuit and Family Court, which it did successfully earlier in the week on procedural grounds when his visa was first canceled when he landed at a Melbourne Airport. Hawke claimed that he made his judgement “carefully.”

Hawke stated in a statement that he had exercised his power under Section 133C(3) to cancel Mr Novak Djokovic’s visa on grounds of health and order. This was on the basis it was in the public interests to do so.

“The Morrison government is committed to protecting Australia’s borders, especially in relation to COVID-19.”

Scott Morrison, Australian Prime Minister, said: “They rightly demand the outcome of those sacrifices that (Australians) have made to protect them. Although the pandemic was extremely difficult for all Australians, we all persevered and helped save lives and families.

NOVAK DOKOVIC IS ‘PLAYING OB HIS OWN RULES.’ AUSTRALIAN OPEN FOVORITE SAYS

Defending champion Serbia's Novak Djokovic takes a drink during a practice session at the Rod Laver Arena ahead of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022.

“Australians have been kept safe by our strong border protection policies, before and after the pandemic.”

Djokovic was not vaccinated for the coronavirus.  Except for medical exceptions, all Australian Open participants must be immunized.

The Victoria government approved a medical exemption, and Tennis Australian granted him a visa for travel. When he arrived in Melbourne, Jan. 5, the Australian Border Force refused to grant him a medical exemption. They also canceled his visa.

After being convicted of a major offense, the 20-time champion was taken to Melbourne’s immigration hotel. He was then crowned the No. The tournament’s No.1 seed was selected and he could practice at Rod Laver Arena in preparation for the Open.

The tournament has been overshadowed by the saga.

Defending men's champion Serbia's Novak Djokovic rests during a practice session on Margaret Court Arena ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, on Jan. 13, 2022.

“It’s not a good situation for anyone. We just want the matter to be resolved. If that were the case, it would be great for everyone. It just seems like it’s dragged on for quite a long time now — not great for the tennis, not great for the Australian Open, not great for Novak,” British tennis star Andy Murray said.

If Djokovic is forced to withdraw from the event prior to the announcement of Day 1’s order of play, Grand Slam rules stipulate that No. Andrey Rublev from Russia, 5th seed, would be moving into his slot to take on Miomir Kecmanovic (Serbia), at No.

Djokovic may withdraw after schedule release. A “lucky loser” will replace him. The so-called “lucky loser” is a player who loses in the qualifying tournament but gets into the main draw because of another player’s dropout.

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The Australian Open starts Monday.

This report was contributed by The Associated Press.

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