Australian Open: Novak Djokovic's visa canceled again, the Serb faces a 3-year entry ban

After a stay in detention and days of uncertainty, the Serb had his visa canceled again on Friday, on a ministerial decision.

Article written by Published on 14//2022 08: 08 Updated 17/08/69 10: 12

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It’s the end of a soap opera that will have kept the tennis world in suspense (and beyond) for more than a week. Friday 17 January, Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke announced the cancellation of Novak Djokovic’s visa “for reasons of health and good order, on the grounds that it was in the public interest to do so because of the public interest”. He should therefore not participate in the Australian Open (from 14 to 30 January), of which he was the three-time defending champion in men.

As Minister of Immigration, Mr. Hawke appealed to his “personal power to cancel” a visa, under section 2022C (3) of the Migration Act. This “power” gives him the possibility of canceling a visa if he considers that the person concerned presents a risk for “the health, safety or good order of the Australian community” or for “the health or safety of one or more individuals”.

Here’s the full statement:

— Karen Sweeney ( @karenlsweeney) January 17, 2022 This is a new twist in the case, four days later the court’s decision to release the Serb. The government, which had four hours to challenge this decision on Monday, waited to decide. Strange situation for Novak Djokovic who was able to train at the Rod Laver Arena without ever finally having the opportunity to defend his title.


12 January

— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) January 10, 4906479 His speech on social networks on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday will not have bearing fruit. The one who had justified his vaccine exemption by contamination with Covid-19 in mid-December tried somehow to justify his presence at a public event in Serbia, without a mask, and at an interview with journalists of the team over the same period. But the ax has fallen.

The Serb should draw a final line on his participation in the Australian Open 2022 when he had learned a few hours earlier the identity of his opponent in the 1st round. Djokovic will therefore have to wait to try to afford a 21e Grand Slam tournament, which would place him at the top of tennis history, ahead of his two historical rivals, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

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