Novak Djokovic has visa revoked once more, faces deportation

The 2022 Australian Open is scheduled to start in three days, and the defending champion in males’s singles play remains to be trying extremely unlikely to have the ability to take part.

Novak Djokovic’s tried journey to participate within the event has hit one other snag, because the Australian authorities has revoked his visa for a second time. The 34-year-old faces deportation once more, because the probabilities of his participation within the Grand Slam tennis occasion proceed to dwindle as a consequence of his choice to be unvaccinated in opposition to COVID-19.

“Immigration Minister Alex Hawke stated Friday that he used his ministerial discretion to cancel the 34-year-old Serb’s visa on public curiosity grounds — simply three days earlier than play begins on the Australian Open, the place Djokovic has received a document 9 of his 20 Grand Slam titles,” an ESPN report learn. “Three hours later, Djokovic’s attorneys started their enchantment in opposition to the visa cancellation in an after-hours listening to on the Federal Circuit and Household Courtroom. The identical choose, Anthony Kelly, dominated in favor of Djokovic earlier this week on procedural grounds after his visa was first canceled when he landed at a Melbourne airport.”

One other latest piece of Djokovic’s scandal-filled month was his latest admission that he attended a kids’s occasion in December with COVID-19 take a look at outcomes nonetheless pending, and in the end gave an interview following a constructive take a look at.

In line with ESPN’s report on Friday morning, Djokovic’s lawyer, Nick Wooden, instructed Kelly that he hoped an enchantment can be heard on Sunday and that the world’s No. 1 males’s tennis participant would have his visa returned in time for him to play within the first spherical of the Open on Monday. Deportation from Australia can result in a three-year ban from the nation, although that may be waived, relying on the circumstances, in accordance with ESPN.

All gamers, help groups and spectators on the Australian Open are presently required to be vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19.

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