Australia revoked Novak Djokovic’s visa a few days before the Australian Open.

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic practices in Melbourne Park.
Tennis star Novak Djokovic practices in Melbourne Park ahead of the Australian Open on January 14, 2022.

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Novak Djokovic has been deported again after his visa was revoked by the Australian government for the second time. Will it be given or not, no vaccine was given against it. COVID-19.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawk said on Friday that he had used his ministerial discretion to revoke the 34-year-old Serb’s visa in the public interest – just three days before the start of the Australian Open, where Djokovic had lost his 20th birthday. Won nine records in Grand Slam titles. . Djokovic is the defending champion of the Open and is looking for an overall men’s record 21st Grand Slam singles title.

Three hours later, Djokovic’s lawyers began their appeal against the visa revocation in a hearing hours later in the Federal Circuit and Family Court. The same judge at the hearing, Anthony Kelly, Last week, Djokovic ruled in his favor His visa was revoked for the first time when he landed at Melbourne Airport on a case-by-case basis.

His lawyer, Nick Wood, told Kelly he hoped the appeal would be heard on Sunday and that Djokovic’s visa to play on Monday would be returned to him on time.

Under government-mandated terms, Djokovic will be free on Friday night but effectively when he meets with Australian Border Force (Immigration) personnel at 8am local time on Saturday (4pm EST). Immigration will return to custody.

He will spend the morning guarding the Border Force in his lawyers’ office and will return to the hotel on Saturday afternoon.

Deportation from Australia can result in a three-year repatriation ban, although it can be waived depending on the circumstances.

Djokovic’s lawyers need to get two urgent orders. There is a restraining order that prevents his deportation, as he did last week. The other Hawk will issue a play visa to Djokovic.

“There is almost no precedent for this second order,” said Kevin Bonn, a Melbourne-based immigration lawyer. “Rarely do courts order a visa for a member of the executive branch.”

Hawk said he revoked Djokovic’s visa “on the grounds of health and good order, on the grounds that it was in the public interest to do so.”

“The Morrison government is committed to protecting Australia’s borders, especially with regard to the COVID-19 epidemic,” Hawke said in a statement, quoting Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Welcoming Djokovic’s pending deportation, Morrison said Australia had the lowest epidemic death rate, the strongest economy and the highest vaccination rate in the world.

“Australians have made many sacrifices during this epidemic and they rightly expect the results of these sacrifices to be protected,” Morrison said in a statement. That is what the ministers are doing today.

Deportation usually comes with a three-year repatriation ban to Australia.

Despite the uncertainty about Djokovic, the Open organizers included the tournament’s top seed in the draw. He will play in the preliminary round against fellow Serb Mayumir Kekmanovich, who is ranked 78th in the world and is practicing, including the Friday session just hours before Hawk’s decision was announced.

Djokovic’s exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for the competition was approved by the state government of Victoria and Tennis Australia, the tournament organizer. He apparently allowed her to obtain a travel visa.

But the Australian Border Force rejected the exemption and revoked his visa upon arrival in Melbourne. Djokovic spent four nights in an immigration detention hotel before the judge overturned the verdict on Monday.

Djokovic’s status in itself is part of a broader global debate on non-vaccine rights.

Morrison is running for re-election, and his government’s handling of Djokovic’s visa situation has, in some quarters, tarnished his image of border security during and before the outbreak. The tough stance was generally praised.