Australia Is Tired Of Novak Djokovic’s COVID-19 Drama So They Canceled His Visa For A Second Time

The Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic’s insistence on going unvaccinated for COVID-19 has resulted in his visa being cancelled on Friday for a second time. This setback could prevent him from competing in the Australian Tennis Open, which runs Jan. 9 to 22.

Alex Hawke, Australia’s immigration minister, said he revoked Djokovic’s visa with “health and good order grounds” as the reason. The immigration minister says the Australian government is “firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

That might explain why millions of Australians and international onlookers were baffled and concerned when Djokovic was granted a special exemption from vaccination protocols. The world’s best men’s tennis singles player has been a vocal vaccine skeptic. According to the organizers of the Australian Open, two separate independent panels of medical experts reviewed Djokovic’s case and said he’s okay to play.

However, the 34-year-old has been fighting legal battles to remain in the country ever since he landed on Jan. 5. At this point, the unvaccinated all-star athlete will likely be deported, despite a win in court last Monday that overturned a visa cancellation he had previously.

Djokovic’s second visa cancellation came after allegations he lied — he actually traveled to Spain in the fourteen days prior to arriving in Australia, but his travel form said he hadn’t been anywhere. The tennis star said that’s because his agent made a “human error” while filling out the form on behalf of him. However, Djokovic came clean about meeting a journalist and posing mask-less for a photoshoot, all while knowing he tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 17.

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Then he traveled to Australia, a country coping with a significant COVID-19 outbreak which, predictably, comes with repeated lockdowns and other strict pandemic measures.. Djokovic can still challenge the latest decision.

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