Novak DjokovicParticipating in this year’s Australian Open is again at risk … Officials canceled their visa for a second time and they are now facing deportation.
Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawk The verdict was issued early Friday … just days after the judge allowed the tennis star to go free in the country and canceled a 34-year-old visa.
Hawk announced his decision to pull Djokovic for the “public interest” because of the athlete’s COVID-19 vaccination status and controversial claims to vaccine immunity.
“When making this decision, I carefully considered the information provided to me by the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border Force and Mr Djokovic,” Hawke said.
“The Morrison government is firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 epidemic.”
Djokovic has already begun the appeals process – and is likely to play in the opening round of the Australian Open on Monday, when arguments are in court.
Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, Meanwhile, backed Hawke’s decision on Friday … writing in a statement, “Australians have made many sacrifices during this epidemic and they rightly expect the outcome of those sacrifices.”
“This is what the Minister is doing in taking action today.”
If finally deported, Djokovic will face a 3-year ban from the country.
The story is being developed …