Australia revokes Djokovic’s Visa Again
Novak Djokovic’s Australia visa was today canceled for a second time — throwing his participation in the Australian Open into question once more and potentially sparking another legal standoff.
Novak Djokovic’s Visa cancelation may be ending the ambitions of the world’s No.1 men’s tennis player to contest the Australian Open and win a record 21st grand slam.
It is unclear whether Australia will move to deport the Serbian star as the decision can still be challenged by his legal team.
Though Novak Djokovic’s visa was reinstated on Monday and he was released from detention, Australia’s Immigration Minister Alex Hawke could still revoke his visa again and begin deportation proceedings.
In a statement by the Minister, He said ““Today I exercised my power under section 133C(3) of the Migration Act to cancel the visa held by Mr Novak Djokovic on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so.
“This decision followed orders by the Federal Circuit and Family Court on 10 January 2022, quashing a prior cancellation decision on procedural fairness grounds.
“In making this decision, I carefully considered information provided to me by the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border Force and Mr Djokovic.
“The Morrison Government is firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I thank the officers of the Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Border Force who work every day to serve Australia’s interests in increasingly challenging operational environments.”
As he awaits a decision on whether he can remain in Australia, Djokovic on Thursday was drawn against fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round of the Australian Open.