Novak Djokovic, the world’s number one tennis player, is risking deportation after the Australian government denied his visa for the second time.
On Friday, the Australian government rejected his visa, alleging that the world’s top-ranked men’s tennis player, who has not been vaccinated against COVID-19, presents a danger to the public.
After a judge overturned a previous suspension and discharged Djokovic from immigration detention on Monday, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke exercised discretionary powers to deny Djokovic’s visa once again.
Djokovic’s lawyers are likely to appeal the second visa cancelation decision to the Federal Circuit and the Family Court, as they did with the very first cancelation.
The Victorian state government and Tennis Australia, the tournament organizer, both authorized his exempt status from the COVID-19 immunization standard. As a result, he was able to secure a travel visa.
However, when he got to Melbourne, the Australian Border Force disregarded his exception and revoked his visa.
Djokovic was confined to a hotel for four nights before the judgement was reversed by a judge on Monday.
Amid the uncertainties concerning his immigration status, Djokovic was featured in the Australian Open official draw on Thursday.
Novak Djokovic also acknowledged that he knew he had tested positive for COVID-19 when he went to a media interview and photoshoot at his training centre in Serbia last month, conceding he made a mistake and should have gone into isolation immediately.