The Australian authorities cancelled Novak Djokovic’s visa for a second time on Friday, saying the world tennis No. 1, unvaccinated for COVID-19, could pose a threat to the group.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used discretionary powers to once more cancel Djokovic’s visa, after a court docket quashed an earlier revocation and launched him from immigration detention on Monday.
“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 mentioned in an announcement.
Djokovic, the defending champion, was included in Thursday’s draw as high seed and was on account of face fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic for his opening match, in all probability on Monday or Tuesday.
The choice to once more cancel his visa over COVID-19 entry laws might arrange a second court docket battle by the Serbian tennis star, after a court docket quashed an earlier revocation and launched him from immigration detention on Monday.
Melbourne’s The Age newspaper cited a supply in Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Liberal Get together as saying the federal government was “strongly leaning” in the direction of revoking the visa once more.
Djokovic, a vaccine sceptic, fuelled widespread anger in Australia when he introduced final week he was heading to Melbourne for the Australian Open with a medical exemption to necessities for guests to be inoculated in opposition to COVID-19.