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Politics: Djokovic faces deportation as Australia again revokes his visa

Australia cancels Novak Djokovic's visa over COVID vaccine policy

  Australia cancels Novak Djokovic's visa over COVID vaccine policy Djokovic had been stuck in an airport due to issues related to his COVID vaccine exemption for the Australian Open."Non-citizens who do not hold a valid visa on entry or who have had their visa cancelled will be detained and removed from Australia," the border force said.

Top-ranked men's tennis star Novak Djokovic is again facing deportation after Australia revoked his visa for a second time on "health and good order grounds" and on the basis of it being in the "public interest" - just days away before the start of the Australian Open.

Djokovic faces deportation as Australia again revokes his visa © Associated Press Djokovic faces deportation as Australia again revokes his visa

"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," Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said in a statement on Friday.

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  Vax-Mandate Protesters Gather in Australia to Back Detained Tennis Superstar Novak Djokovic The protesters numbered about a dozen, and reportedly had an audience only of the police and a reporter.The group stationed itself outside of the facility, which is actually a quarantine hotel in Melbourne in which Djokovic, 34, must remain until his deportation. The protesters reportedly numbered only about one dozen people, and the only reported audience were a few reporters and some police officers standing outside the hotel.

Hawke said that he made the decision after he had "carefully considered information" that he had been given by the Serbian tennis star, Australian Border Force and Department of Home Affairs.

"The Morrison Government is firmly committed to protecting Australia's borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic," Hawke said.

Djokovic is expected to meet with immigration officials and his lawyers Saturday morning regarding the matter after a court hearing made clear that he would not be immediately deported or detained in the country, The Associated Press reported.

The Serbian tennis star is expected to appeal the decision again on Friday night.

It is the second time that Djokovic, who had been granted a medical exemption by tennis officials to play in the Open, has had his visa revoked over COVID-19 protocols.

Athletes, fans and officials are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the Australian Open, the first of four Grand Slam tournaments held each year.

Despite Djokovic's medical exemption, Australian officials said that Djokovic's visa had been canceled because he had not provided adequate evidence to meet entry criteria. The Serbian tennis star had been infected with COVID-19 before his entry had been initially denied by authorities, according to a court filing.

That decision was subsequently overturned by a judge after he ruled that his visa had been revoked before Djokovic had had enough time to speak with his lawyers.

Updated at 7:34 a.m.

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Three judges who unanimously rejected Novak Djokovic's bid to stay in Australia to contest the Australian Open have revealed their reasons for the ruling. © Darko Bandic/AP Novak Djokovic looks as his documents after landing in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. Djokovic arrived in the Serbian capital following his deportation from Australia on Sunday after losing a bid to stay in the country to defend his Australian Open title despite not being vaccinated against COVID-19.

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