Djokovic gets Australian visa canceled again, faces deportation

1/14/22
 
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from The Wall Street Journal,
1/14/22:

Australia canceled Novak Djokovic’s visa for a second time, just days before the World’s No. 1 men’s tennis player is scheduled to appear in the Australian Open.

Immigration minister Alex Hawke said Friday he was acting in the public interest when he made the decision to cancel the visa held by Djokovic, whose fight with the Australian government over his entry thrust him to the center of the global debate over Covid-19 vaccine mandates. With cases in the country surging, the government said authorities were committed to protecting Australia’s borders.

“Australians have made many sacrifices during this pandemic, and they rightly expect the result of those sacrifices to be protected,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said after Hawke’s announcement.

Djokovic is due to play his first-round match at the Australian Open on Monday, the first day of the tournament.

Djokovic will stay at a residential address in Melbourne Friday night and be interviewed by immigration officials at 8 a.m. local time on Saturday. It was initially proposed the tennis star would be questioned at government offices, but Djokovic’s lawyer Nick Wood requested a transfer to an undisclosed location to avoid what he called a media circus.

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