Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic is threatened with deportation again after the Australian government revoked his visa for the second time.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said on Friday he had used his ministry’s discretion to revoke the 34-year-old’s visa on public interest grounds, three days before the Australian Open kicked off.
Djokovic’s lawyers are expected to appeal the annulment in the Federal Circuit and Family Court, as they successfully did in the initial annulment.
It’s the second time Djokovic’s visa has been revoked since he arrived in Melbourne last week to defend his Australian Open title.
His exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement to compete has been approved by the Victorian state government and tournament organizer, Tennis Australia. This appears to have allowed Djokovic to obtain a visa to travel to Australia.
However, the Australian Border Force refused the exemption and revoked Djokovic’s visa upon arrival in Melbourne. He was detained at the hotel for four nights before a judge overturned the verdict on Monday. [uh/ab]