Novak Djokovic stunned as Australia cancel his visa again and prepare to deport tennis star


Australia have cancelled Novak Djokovic's visa for a second time
Australia have cancelled Novak Djokovic’s visa for a second time (Picture: Getty)

Australia have sensationally cancelled Novak Djokovic’s visa for the second time, with the tennis world number one now set to be deported rather than defend his Australian Open title.

Djokovic looked set to stay in Australia and compete in the first Grand Slam of the year after winning an appeal over his deportation on Monday.

But Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has cancelled the Serbian’s visa again under separate powers in Australia’s Migration Act.

Djokovic can still launch another legal challenge to remain in the country but looks set to miss the Australian Open which starts in three days time.

The tennis star released a statement on Wednesday trying to clarify ‘ongoing misinformation’ about his movements and visa application, but admitted there were mistakes on his immigration forms and said he had met a journalist despite testing positive for Covid.

The unvaccinated tennis star arrived in Australia on January 6 ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year but was denied entry amid questions over the medical exemption he was given prior to the tournament.

Djokovic spent four days in a detention hotel before a judge dramatically overturned the decision and ordered his release.

The government refused to rule out further action, however, with immigration minister Alex Hawke considering intervention due to errors in Djokovic’s application or for ‘character grounds’ over his breaches of Serbia’s Covid rules.

And in a stunning turn of events, Australia have cancelled Djokovic’s visa for the second time in the space of a week, with the 34-year-old now set to be deported and miss the Australian Open, which he has won a record nine times.

The decision means Djokovic’s misses the chance to eclipse long-time rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as the most successful male tennis player in history with 21 Grand Slam titles.

In a statement on Monday, Djokovic admitted making a false declaration on his travel form before entering Australia and claimed he did not know he had Covid when he attended two events in Serbia in December.

The revelations led to more public outcry in Australia, which has had some of the toughest Covid restrictions over the past 18 months despite more than 90% of the adult population receiving two jabs.

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