- Novak Djokovic set to be deported from Australia after government revokes visa for the second time
- The verdict came despite court ruling that tennis star’s COVID vaccine exemption is valid
- Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke says he made the decision “on the basis of health and good order”
- Djokovic unable to defend his 2020 Australian Open win
Djokovic faces relegation, Murray celebrates victory
The Scottish tennis champion has defeated X in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Cup final in Sydney – a competition Novak Djokovic announced his return to since last month.
Team Serbia was instead led by a confused world number 33 Dusan Lajovic, who said at the time that he “does not know the reason”.
WATCH: What do Australian PMs think of Djokovic?
Scott Morrison told reporters for the first time that Novak Djokovic’s visa was revoked that “the rules are the rules” – a line he has repeated despite an Australian judge ruling that the tennis star has a valid exemption from the COVID vaccine. Was.
But Morrison and his allies continue to oppose Djokovic’s stay in the country.
What will happen next for Djokovic and will he be forced to leave immediately?
Melbourne-based immigration lawyer Kien Bone said Djokovic’s lawyers faced an “extremely difficult” task of obtaining a court order over the weekend to allow the tennis star to compete at the Australian Open.
It will be extremely difficult for Djokovic to get the results he needs to play over the weekend. If you left it later [minister Alex Hawke] Now done, I think from a strategic standpoint he’s really hamstringing Djokovic’s legal team, in terms of what sort of options or remedies he can get.
The attorney told the Associated Press that Djokovic would need to go to a duty judge of the Federal Circuit and Family Court or a higher judge of the Federal Court to obtain two urgent orders if he does not get the chance to be deported.
An order would be an injunction preventing his deportation, as he obtained last week. The second will order Hawke to give Djokovic a visa to play at the Open.
What does the Australian government say about Djokovic’s decision?
It was widely expected that Immigration Minister Alex Hawke would cut down on Novak Djokovic’s time in Australia – but why?
The politician – a close aide of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who has repeatedly said “the rules are the rules” when it comes to the tennis star – said his decision was made on “the basis of health and good order”.
Today I exercised my power under Section 133C(3) of the Migration Act to revoke a visa by Mr. Novak Djokovic on grounds of health and good order, on the grounds that it was in the public interest to do so.