BREAKING: Djokovic’s visa has been revoked once more


Although Novak Djokovic’s visa was reinstated on Monday and he was launched from detention, Australia’s Immigration Minister Alex Hawke may nonetheless revoke his visa once more and start deportation proceedings.

As he awaits a call on whether or not he can stay in Australia, Djokovic on Thursday was drawn in opposition to fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic within the first spherical of the Australian Open.

Why Djokovic was detained: All worldwide arrivals to Australia are required to be vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19 — which Djokovic is just not — until they’ve a medical exemption. The federal government argued he did not have a legitimate exemption to the requirement.

Djokovic stated he was below the impression he may enter as a result of match organizers had granted him a medical exemption on the grounds he had been contaminated with Covid-19 in December, his visa had been permitted forward of arrival, and he had been cleared for quarantine-free journey.

Why the choose dominated in his favor: The federal government hadn’t given Djokovic sufficient advance discover in regards to the cancellation of his visa or time to organize supplies in his protection, the choose stated. After his arrival, Djokovic was informed he would have a number of hours to organize — however the authorities determined to cancel his visa earlier than the deadline they’d given.

When: Djokovic examined constructive in mid-December and recovered sufficient to obtain a medical exemption from Tennis Australia on Dec. 30, in keeping with courtroom paperwork. He arrived in Australia on Jan. 5 and was promptly positioned in detention. He was launched on Monday, Jan. 10. The match runs from Jan. 17-30.

What occurs now?: Australia’s immigration minister may nonetheless revoke Djokovic’s visa once more and start deportation proceedings. However it’s unclear when such a call may come. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison batted away a query from a reporter about Novak Djokovic’s visa standing at a information convention in Canberra on Thursday.

Morrison was requested why a call hadn’t been made but on whether or not the Australian authorities would revoke Djokovic’s reinstated visa.

“I seek advice from Mr. Hawke’s most up-to-date assertion and that place hasn’t modified,” he stated, referring to the immigration minister, who may nonetheless determine to deport Djokovic. “These are private ministerial powers in a position to be administered by Minister Hawke, and I do not suggest to make any additional remark right now.” 

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