Panic as Australia Cancels Novak Djokovic's Visa for The Second Time as Stunning Reason Emerges

Panic as Australia Cancels Novak Djokovic's Visa for The Second Time as Stunning Reason Emerges

Ibitoye Shittu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM
  • Novak Djokovic is now on the verge of missing the Australian Open after being denied visa by the immigration
  • Head of Australian immigration Alex Hawke explained that he had to take the decision because of the information gotten
  • This will be the second time that the tennis star has been denied visa into Australia and was even detained

Alex Hawke who is Australia's immigration officer has ordered for the cancellation of Novak Djokovic's visa into the country and this will be the second time for the Serbian.

This latest development coming from the Australian immigration means that Novak Djokovic may not be allowed to participate in the coming Australian Open Championship.

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Tennis star Novak Djokovic in action. Photo by KELLY DEFINA
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When he was denied visa into Australia, the tennis number one players was even held at immigration detention before the officials got an order to free him.

Why did Alex Hawke take the decision?

According to the report on Marca and Al Jazeera, Alex Hawke explained that he considered information submitted to his table before taking his decision.

Alex Hawke's statement about Djokovic

"Today I exercised my power under section 133C(3) of the Migration Act to cancel the visa held by Mr Novak Djokovic on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so.
"This decision followed orders by the Federal Circuit and Family Court on 10 January 2022, quashing a prior cancellation decision on procedural fairness grounds.
"In making this decision, I carefully considered information provided to me by the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border Force and Mr Djokovic.''

Celebration as Top Tennis Star Released from Detention in Australia

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how 20-time Grand Slam Champion Novak Djukovic was freed to enter Australia and stands a good chance to play at this month’s Aussie Open after he was released from detention earlier on Monday January 10.

The Serbian had arrived in Australia to compete in the Open holding what he thought was a valid medical exemption to vaccination rules, stating that he had been infected with Covid last month and recovered.

But border guards rejected the documents and tore up his visa, with the multiple Grand Slam winner thrown into detention while he waited for his appeal to come before the courts.

Judge Anthony Kelly in a hearing that took place earlier on Monday Januray 10, dramatically quashed the decision to revoke Djukovic’s visa after ruling that border guards had been 'unreasonable' and had not given the Serb enough time to appeal.

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