Djokovic faces deportation after Australia revokes his visa | world news
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Tennis star Novak Djokovic is once again at risk of deportation after the Australian government revoked his visa for the second time.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said on Friday he had used his discretion to revoke the 34-year-old Serb’s visa on public interest grounds three days before the start of the Australian Open.
Djokovic’s attorneys are expected to appeal the reversal in Federal Circuit and Family Court, as they successfully did after the first reversal.
This is the second time Djokovic’s visa has been canceled since arriving in Melbourne last week to defend his Australian Open title.
His exemption from a COVID-19 vaccination requirement to compete has been approved by the Victorian state government and Tennis Australia, the tournament organiser. This apparently allowed him to receive a visa to travel.
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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 overturned the decision on Monday.
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