Novak Djokovic His visa was cancelled for the second time Just three days before he prepares to play at the 2022 Australian Open. The decision was made on Friday, and now the No. 1 seed in the men’s division faces deportation again for it.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said on Friday he had used “ministerial discretion” to cancel the tennis star’s visa in the “public interest”. Shortly after Hawke’s ruling, Djokovic’s lawyers began another appeal to try to overturn Djokovic’s visa cancellation, with after-hours hearings in the Federal Circuit and Family Court.
Judge Anthony Kelly, who attended the hearing, initially ruled that Djokovic could remain in Australia earlier this month despite not being vaccinated against COVID-19. Djokovic was granted immunity from the tournament organizers.
Djokovic’s lawyer Nick Wood told Kelly he hopes to hear his appeal on Sunday — meaning Djokovic can have his visa reinstated and be able to play at the Australian Open, which begins on Monday. Here’s how CBS News explains what Djokovic’s lawyers need to do:
“Djokovic’s lawyers need to give him two urgent orders. One is an injunction against his deportation, like the one he got last week. The second is for Hawk to play for Djokovic. visa.”
In Australia, government officials grant visas to citizens ‘very rare’ According to the Associated Press.
Djokovic had to return to immigration detention on Saturday morning for a meeting with Australian Border Force officials. If Djokovic is eventually deported, it could result in him being barred from Australia for three years.
His goal is to challenge for the most men’s Grand Slam titles ever at the Australian Open. The 34-year-old is currently tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for 20 Grand Slam titles. Djokovic will become the first men’s player to win 21.