MELBOURNE, Australia — Tennis star Novak Djokovic faces deportation once more after the Australian authorities revoked his visa for a second time.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke stated Friday he used his ministerial discretion to revoke the 34-year-old Serb’s visa on public curiosity grounds three days earlier than the Australian Open is to start.
Djokovic’s attorneys are anticipated to enchantment the cancelation within the Federal Circuit and Family Court as they efficiently did after the primary cancellation.
It is the second time Djokovic’s visa has been canceled since he arrived in Melbourne final week to defend his Australian Open title.
His exemption from a COVID-19 vaccination requirement to compete was accredited by the Victoria state authorities and Tennis Australia, the match organizer. That apparently allowed him to obtain a visa to journey.
But the Australian Border Force rejected the exemption and canceled his visa upon arrival in Melbourne. He spent 4 nights in lodge detention earlier than a choose on Monday overturned that call.