A federal court in Australia has rejected an appeal by tennis player Novak Djokovic to have his visa revoked. He is being deported from the country informs The Guardian.
A panel of three judges led by James Allsop agreed with the decision of the Minister of Immigration, who considered that the issuance of a visa to Djokovic, who was not vaccinated against covid, could provoke a surge in anti-vaccine sentiment. Thus, Djokovic will not be able to play in the Australian Open, a victory in which would give him a clear first place in the number of Grand Slam titles, notes BBC.
On January 14, Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke canceled Djokovic’s visa for the second time and the tennis player was again sent to a center for illegal migrants.
Djokovic was arrested in Australia on January 6. He flew to Melbourne for the Grand Slam but was unable to clear passport control.
The authorities considered insufficient his medical exemption from vaccination against coronavirus, which the tennis player provided to participate in the Australian Open. After that, the Australian authorities canceled the athlete’s visa. He was sent to immigration detention. Later, the decision to annul the visa was canceled by the court, and Djokovic was released. However, the Minister of Immigration personally revoked the tennis player’s visa.
In addition, the Serbian tennis player was accused of providing false information when entering the country. Authorities said that when filling out an entry declaration, Djokovic indicated that he had not visited other countries in the 14 days prior to his visit to Australia. However, it turned out that the athlete flew from Serbia to Spain during this period. Djokovic himself claims that he did not fill out the declaration on his own, but the local tennis federation did it for him.