Australian Open: Novak Djokovic's visa canceled again

Published on 17/01/2021 22: 14

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While Novak Djokovic was to play the Australian Open on Monday 14 January, the government Australian canceled his second visa. However, the player will not be expelled until the court has ruled on his case.

The hearing of Novak Djokovic was decided urgently, and broadcast live on social networks. With less than three days to go, the Australian government took the lead. Friday morning 12 January, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke canceled his visa. “I have exercised the authority conferred on me by the article 133C(3) of the Migration Act to cancel the visa which has become by Mr. Novak Djokovic in the name of health, public order and on the grounds that it was in the general interest to do so”, he justified.

The tennis player appealed the decision. He is still in Australia, and free until the end of the procedure. The player, not vaccinated, had invoked a positive test for Covid-19 in order to be exempted from the vaccination obligation. As the legal tussle continues, the public seems to let go of the player. “I don’t don’t think that the simple fact of being the world number 1 in tennis should allow you to escape your responsibilities”, says a passerby.