Australia cancels Novak Djokovic’s visa for the second time

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  • On Monday, Djokovic won a court battle to stay in the country after his visa was revoked.
  • The court’s decision meant that Djokovic’s visa remained valid and he was released from detention. But the Australian government has now acted once again.
  • Earlier this week, Djokovic admitted and apologized for failing to isolate soon after contracting Covid in December.

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Tennis star Novak Djokovic has once again canceled his visa ahead of the Australian Open as his COVID-19 vaccination status intensifies.

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On Monday, Djokovic won a court battle to stay in the country after his visa was revoked. The 34-year-old Serbian was detained at an immigration facility last week after arriving in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open, which officials said violated the country’s strict entry rules, which require visitors to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Is required.

The court’s decision meant that Djokovic’s visa remained valid and he was released from detention. But the Australian government has now acted once again.

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Australia’s Immigration Minister said, “Today I exercised my power under section 133C(3) of the Migration Act to revoke a visa held by Mr. Novak Djokovic on grounds of health and good order, on the grounds that is in the public interest.” Alex Hawke said in a statement Friday.

Djokovic, an outspoken vaccine skeptic aiming to break a record 21st Grand Slam title, initially had his passport confiscated on January 5, when customs officials decided he did not have sufficient medical justification for a vaccine exemption. .

Djokovic’s team of lawyers argued in a court filing on Saturday that the tennis player’s contraction of Covid-19 – for which he tested positive on December 16 – served as a substantial vaccine exemption. But controversy began when observers pointed to photographs taken on December 17 of Djokovic and several Serbian youth tennis players without masks and indoors.

earlier this week, Djokovic agreed and apologized For failing to isolate soon after contracting Covid in December.

—CNBC’s Natasha Turak contributed to this article.

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