Melbourne: tennis star Novak Djokovic threatens to be deported again after the Australian government revokes his visa for the second time.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said on Friday he used his ministerial discretion to revoke the 34-year-old Serb’s visa for reasons of public interest, three days before the Australian Open starts.
Djokovic’s lawyers are expected to appeal the cancellation in the Federal Circuit and Family Court, as they successfully did after the initial 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 waiver of a COVID-19 vaccination requirement to participate was approved by the State of Victoria and Tennis Australia, the tournament organizer. This apparently enabled him to obtain a visa to travel.
But the Australian Border Force rejected the waiver and canceled his visa on arrival in Melbourne. He spent four nights in hotel detention before a judge overturned that decision Monday.
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