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Novak Djokovic’s Australian visa revoked again

Although Novak Djokovic’s visa was reinstated on Monday and he was released from detention, Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke could still revoke his visa and initiate deportation proceedings.

While awaiting the decision to stay in Australia, Djokovic was drawn on Thursday against fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round of the Australian Open.

Why Djokovic was detained: All international arrivals to Australia must be vaccinated against Covid-19 – which Djokovic is not – unless they have a medical exemption. The government argued that it did not have a valid exemption from the requirement.

Djokovic said he felt he could enter because tournament organizers granted him medical exemption on the grounds that he was infected with Covid-19 in December, his visa was approved before his arrival and he had been allowed to be quarantined. free travel.

Why the judge ruled in his favor: The government had not given Djokovic sufficient notice regarding the cancellation of his visa or the time to prepare documents for his defense, the judge said. After his arrival, Djokovic was told he would have a few hours to prepare, but the government decided to cancel his visa before the deadline he set.

When: Djokovic tested positive in mid-December and has recovered sufficiently to receive a medical exemption from Tennis Australia on December 30, according to court documents. He arrived in Australia on January 5 and was promptly taken into custody. He was released on Monday January 10. The tournament will take place from January 17 to 30.

What is happening now? : Australia’s immigration minister could still revoke Djokovic’s visa and initiate deportation proceedings. But it is not known when such a decision could be made. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison rejected a question from a journalist about Novak Djokovic’s visa status at a press conference in Canberra on Thursday.

Morrison was asked why no decision has yet been made on whether the Australian government will revoke Djokovic’s reinstated visa.

“I am referring to Mr Hawke’s last statement and this position has not changed,” he said, referring to the Minister of Immigration, who may still decide to deport Djokovic. “These are personal ministerial powers that can be administered by Minister Hawke, and I do not propose to make any further comments at this time.”