Djokovic faces deportation after Australia govt. revokes visa


Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during a practice session ahead of the 2022 Australian Open.
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during a practice session ahead of the 2022 Australian Open at Melbourne Park. (File Photo)

Highlights

  • Djokovic’s lawyers are expected to appeal the cancelation in the Federal Circuit and Family Court.
  • It is the second time Djokovic’s visa has been canceled since he arrived in Melbourne last week.
  • He spent four nights in hotel detention before a judge on Monday overturned that decision.

Australian government has revoked Tennis star Novak Djokovic’s visa for the second time leading to his deportation again.

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

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

It is the second time Djokovic’s visa has been canceled since he arrived in Melbourne last week to defend his Australian Open title.

His exemption from a COVID-19 vaccination requirement to compete was approved by the Victoria state government and Tennis Australia, the tournament organizer. That apparently allowed him to receive a visa to travel.

But the Australian Border Force rejected the exemption and canceled his visa upon arrival in Melbourne.

He spent four nights in hotel detention before a judge on Monday overturned that decision.

(Inputs from AP)





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