Tennis star Novak Djokovic is facing deportation again after the Australian government revoked his visa for the second time.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said on Friday that three days before the start of the Australian Open, he had used his ministerial discretion to revoke the 34-year-old Serb’s visa in the public interest.
Djokovic’s lawyers are expected to appeal to the Federal Circuit and Family Court for a revocation because they did so 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This is the second time Djokovic’s visa has been revoked since he arrived in Melbourne last week to defend the Australian Open title.
His exemption from the Covid-19 vaccination requirement for the competition was approved by the Victoria State Government and tournament organizer Tennis Australia. This apparently allowed him 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 hotel detention before a judge overturned his decision on Monday.