Australia revokes Djokovic’s visa, set to be deported

Melbourne, 14 January (Agency) The Australian government has revoked tennis star Novak Djokovic’s visa for the second time and could be deported, adding a new twist to the uncertainty surrounding the world number one’s game at the Australian Open. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said on Friday that he had exercised his privileges as minister to revoke the visa of the 34-year-old Serbian player on public interest grounds. Australian Open is going to start after 3 days. Djokovic’s lawyers can appeal against it in the Federal Circuit and Family Court. Deportation from Australia will result in a ban on entry into the country for the next three years. This means that the next time Djokovic comes to play the Australian Open, he will be 37 years old. Hawke said that he has taken this decision for health reasons keeping in mind the public interest. “The Morrison Government is committed to protecting the Australian borders during this time of the Corona pandemic,” he said in a statement. Morrison welcomed the decision, saying that the death rate due to the corona epidemic in Australia has been very low and vaccination figures have been the highest.

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