Novak Djokovic’s Visa Is Canceled by Australia for a Second Time

Novak Djokovic practices in Melbourne on Friday.



SYDNEY—Australia canceled tennis star

Novak Djokovic’s

visa for a next time, with immigration minister

Alex Hawke

indicating authorities were being committed to defending Australia’s borders in particular in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Friday, Hawke reported he canceled the visa on wellness and so-referred to as very good-purchase grounds, including that he was performing in the public curiosity. On Wednesday, Djokovic reported his agent built an error on a travel declaration applied to enter Australia past week. He also reported he attended an job interview and picture shoot in Belgrade, Serbia, past thirty day period immediately after receiving a beneficial take a look at end result for Covid-19.

The selection could close the No. one men’s tennis player’s possibilities of winning the Australian Open up for a document 10th time. Best-seeded Djokovic had been slated to confront fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanović in the opening spherical up coming week.

“In producing this selection, I meticulously viewed as facts delivered to me by the Division of Property Affairs, the Australian Border Force and Mr. Djokovic,” Hawke reported in a statement.

Crowds collected to rejoice immediately after a decide ordered the release of tennis star Novak Djokovic from detention in advance of the Australian Open up. The ruling arrives immediately after the Australian federal government canceled his visa, indicating he wasn’t exempt from Covid-19 vaccination policies. Photograph: Hamish Blair/Involved Press

Hawke didn’t right away say regardless of whether Djokovic would be returned to the Melbourne hotel where he spent four days although he appealed an previously cancellation of his visa, soon immediately after his arrival in Australia. That cancellation was dependent on policies that tourists to the country have to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and it was overturned by a decide on Monday simply because of a technicality.

No. 5 seed Andrey Rublev of Russia would most likely just take Djokovic’s area in the attract underneath Grand Slam match withdrawal policies.

Tennis Australia, the governing human body for the activity in the country, didn’t right away remark on the subject.

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