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Novak Djokovic's visa has been revoked a 2nd time by the Australian immigration authorities

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Australian authorities have canceled Novak Djokovic's visa again.Getty/Adrian Dennis
  • The tennis star Novak Djokovic has had his visa canceled again.

  • Australia's immigration minister, Alex Hawke, said the decision "was in the public interest."

  • Djokovic could be deported from Australia pending any appeals.

The tennis star Novak Djokovic has had his visa canceled by the Australian immigration authorities again, casting doubt over whether he'll be able to remain in the country and play in the Australian Open.

Australia's immigration minister, Alex Hawke, issued a statement Friday announcing his decision.

"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," Hawke's statement said.

"This decision followed orders by the Federal Circuit and Family Court on 10 January 2022, quashing a prior cancellation decision on procedural fairness grounds," it continued.

The statement, posted on the Australian Home Affairs website, also included some contextual information, noting that Hawke, as minister for immigration, had discretionary powers to cancel visas. It further said a person in Djokovic's position might not be granted a visa for up to three years following the cancellation.

Hawke did not specify whether Djokovic would be deported or subsequently barred from entering the country.

The announcement followed an investigation from Hawke that found Djokovic gave false information to border officials when he tried to enter Australia.

Djokovic's visa was first revoked upon his arrival in Australia on January 6, when Australian border officials found that he "failed to provide appropriate evidence" to prove he had received a vaccine exemption. Djokovic is not vaccinated for COVID-19.

An Australian court on Monday overturned the decision to cancel the tennis star's visa. Hawke's order overrides the court's decision.

The Australian news network ABC reported that Djokovic's legal team intended to appeal the minister's decision. If successful, the tennis star could remain and play in the Australian Open.

The tournament is scheduled to begin Monday. At press time, Djokovic, the reigning Australian Open champion and world's top-ranked player, was still listed in the draw for the tournament.

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