Since the start of 2022, Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic has been involved in a visa battle with the Australian government. There has been a lot of back and forth but now in a shocking turn of events Alex Hawke the Australian Immigration Minister has officially cancelled Djokovic’s visa using his ministerial powers.
This comes just days after Djokovic won his court case regarding the earlier cancellation of his entry visa.
Hawke has publicly said about his decision that “In making this decision I carefully considered information provided to me by the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border Force and Mr Djokovic,” and added that “The Morrison Government is firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
He also stated that the reason for cancelling his visa was on “health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so”.
This leaves Djokovic’s participation in the Australian Open extremely tumultuous given that any decision that the world number one men’s tennis player takes could potentially make him unable to participate in the tournament.
Apparently, if Djokovic does not appeal this decision he will then have to be deported from the country and also face a ban for the next three years on being granted any future visa.
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