Australia cancels Djokovic's visa again

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Australia cancels Djokovic's visa again

Australia canceled Novak Djokovic's visa for the second time in a row. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke's decision means the Serbian tennis player faces deportation.

However, he can still file a legal claim to stay in the country.

Djokovic is in the country to play at the Australian Open, which starts on Monday.

“Today, I exercised my authority to … revoke Novak Djokovic’s visa, on grounds of respect for law and order, as it is in the public interest,” the minister said in a statement.

Djokovic could now face a three-year travel ban from Australia.

Djokovic's visa was canceled for the first time shortly after his arrival in Melbourne on 6 January. Then the immigration authorities said that the tennis player did not provide proper evidence to obtain a medical exemption from vaccination.

Also, the Australians themselves, who lived under long and strict quarantine restrictions, were outraged that Djokovic was allowed to enter despite the fact that he was not vaccinated.

Djokovic was detained at the airport and then transferred to an immigration hotel.

A few days later, his visa was reinstated by a court on the grounds that the border guards ignored due process of control when the tennis player arrived in the country.

But Friday night in Melbourne, Minister Hawke canceled Djokovic's visa under separate powers under the Australian Migration Act.

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