Australian government cancels Djokovic visa again

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic arrives in Australia for the Australian Open. Melbourne = Associated Press

The Australian government has canceled the entry visa for tennis player Novak Djokovic (Serbia), who has not been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

According to CNN and other sources on the 14th (local time), Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke canceled Djokovic’s visa to Australia on the same day, ex officio. It has been four days since an Australian court ruled in favor of Djokovic in a lawsuit against Djokovic’s decision to cancel his visa.

The Australian government lost a legal battle with Djokovic on the 10th of this month, but has since sought to cancel the visa again as an employee of the immigration minister. In the end, the visa was canceled. “We have carefully reviewed the information provided by the Australian Department of Home Affairs, Immigration Services and Djokovic,” Hawke said.

Djokovic, who arrived in Australia on the 5th of this month, was denied a visa after entry even though he was exempt from vaccination. An Australian federal court upheld Djokovic’s hand, weighing on his chances of playing at the Australian Open on the 17th, but the situation reversed when the immigration department canceled his visa again. With just a few days left until the start of the tournament, his prospects for appearance were bleak.

Victoria, Australia, home to Melbourne, the host of the Australian Open, reported 34,836 new cases of COVID-19 and 976 hospitalizations. As of the whole of Australia, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases recently surpassed 1 million.

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