Tennis star Novak Djokovic is facing deportation again after his visa was revoked by the Australian government for the second time.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said on Friday that he had used his ministerial discretion to revoke the 34-year-old Serb’s visa on public interest grounds three days before the start of the Australian Open.
Djokovic’s lawyers are expected to appeal the revocation to the Federal Circuit and Family Court, as they did successfully after the first revocation.
This is the second time Djokovic’s visa has been revoked since he arrived in Melbourne last week to defend his Australian Open title.
Exemption from the need for COVID-19 vaccination for competition was approved by the state government of Victoria and the tournament organizer, Tennis Australia. 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. He spent four nights in a hotel on Monday before a judge overturned his decision.