The first racket of the world Novak Djokovic arrived in Melbourne, but will soon be forced to leave the borders of the green continent due to his canceled visa.
The Serbian tennis player was supposed to take part in the first tournament of the Grand Slam series this year – Australian Open-2022.
On the eve of the tournament organizers announced that he could take part in the competition without the obligatory vaccination against coronavirus. This led to a backlash among Australians.
According to The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, Australian border guards canceled his visa when he was on his way to Australia.
< p> The 20-time Grand Slam champion planned to enter Australia for a visa that does not allow medical exceptions due to non-vaccination.
Acting Victoria Sports Minister Jaala Pulford on Wednesday on Twitter confirmed that the government will not support Djokovic's visa application.
– The federal government has asked if we will support Novak Djokovic's visa application to enter Australia. We will not provide individual visa support to Novak Djokovic to participate in the Australian Open 2022, & # 8212; Pulford wrote.
Djokovic's lawyers are going to defend this decision, but the Australian media write that they have almost no chance.
Australian Open tournament -2022 starts on January 17 and runs until January 30. In men, the current champion is precisely Djokovic, who, obviously, will not be able to defend the title. Naomi Osaka won in women last year.