Australia CANCELS Novak Djokovic’s visa for the second time

Novak Djokovic’s visa is CANCELED for the second time and the Australian Open is in chaos

  • Officials said a player who was not vaccinated against Covid could pose a risk to the community
  • Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used his discretion to cancel the visa
  • The world number one tennis player has faced growing criticism for his actions










Australia has revoked its visa for Novak Djokovic for the second time, the local minister for immigration announced on Friday.

Officials said the world’s number one tennis player, who has not been vaccinated against COVID-19, could pose a risk to the community.

The abolition means that Djokovic will be banned from issuing a new Australian visa for three years, except in certain circumstances.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used his discretion to revoke Djokovic’s visa after the court revoked the earlier revocation and released him from immigration custody on Monday.

Australia has revoked its visa for Novak Djokovic for the second time, the local minister for immigration announced on Friday.  Pictured: Djokovic resting during training in Melbourne Park, Australia, January 14, 2022

Australia has revoked its visa for Novak Djokovic for the second time, the local minister for immigration announced on Friday. Pictured: Djokovic resting during training in Melbourne Park, Australia, January 14, 2022

“Today, I have exercised my authority under Section 133C (3) of the Migration Act to revoke the visa that Mr. Novak Djokovic had, for health reasons and because it is in the public interest,” Hawke said in a statement.

“This decision followed orders from the Federal District and Family Court of January 10, 2022, which overturned a previous decision to annul on grounds of procedural justice.

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

“The Morrison government is firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Earlier on Friday, The Age newspaper in Melbourne quoted Liberal Party Prime Minister Scott Morrison as saying that the government was “strongly” in favor of revoking visas.

The tennis star has faced growing criticism for his actions, including other tennis players who will attend the Australian Open next week.

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

“No one really thought they could come to Australia unvaccinated and not have to follow protocols … it takes a lot of courage and puts the grand slam at risk, which I think few would do,” Tsitsipas told the Indian news channel WION.

An online survey by the news group News Corp showed that 83 percent preferred the government, which is trying to deport the tennis star.

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