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Australian Government Revokes Djokovic’s Visa For A Second Time

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Less than a week after tennis star Novak Djokovic was cleared to play in the Australian Open, the Aussie government has returned serve, revoking his visa and putting his status for the Grand Slam event in doubt.

The decision by government officials to pull Djokovic’s visa for a second time this month stems from Djokovic’s unvaccinated status. He’s now not only in danger of missing the tournament, which starts Monday, but he also faces deportation.

Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is responsible for taking Djokovic’s visa for a second time, and he cited the “public’s interest” as his reason for keeping Djokovic away from the clay.

“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 said in a statement.

“In making this decision, I carefully considered information provided to me by the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border Force and Mr Djokovic. The Morrison Government is firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Australian Open requires fans, players and trainers to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19. Djokovic is not vaxxed and previously sought a medical exemption because he has recently recovered from the coronavirus.

Until Friday, that was a good enough reason to give the No. 1 player in tennis a shot at winning his second consecutive open and tenth all-time.

Less than three hours after Hawke handed down his harsh and unwarranted ruling, Djokovic’s legal representatives filed an injunction. A judge then ruled that Djokovic will need to attend a Saturday immigration hearing.

Laughable as it may seem, the 2022 Australian Open is scheduled to begin with or without The Joker on Monday morning. The ball is in the judge’s court.

 

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Written by Anthony Farris

Anthony is a former high school basketball intramural champion who played a leading role in creating two offspring. He spends his weekends hoping for an MTV Rock N' Jock revival.

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  1. Away from the clay? I’m no tennis expert but I though the French Open was the only major tennis tournament played on clay?

    Anyway, given Djoke just had covid last month means this ruling is not based in science at all. Looks like they’re gonna have to slap an asterisk next to the tournament champion’s name.

  2. Djokovic is probably in the top 1% on the planet as far as physical fitness goes. He’s recovered from Covid. This Covid is not Smallpox(30% death rate) nor Bubonic Plague(approximately 33% death rate). Covid’s death rate is sitting at 0.2-0.3%. He, like millions of others has no interest in taking one of these unnecessary therapeutic shots. He’s not obese and doesn’t appear to be stricken with a comorbidity. He’s the #1 tennis player in the world and deserves to be able to defend his title. The Australian government is pathetic.

  3. Protect Australia’s borders?

    Australia reported 128,000 new cases just yesterday, and they’re still trying to pretend that kicking unvaccinated travelers out the country will stop the virus from getting into the country. What a farcical excuse.

    Which is not even to mention that Djokovic has already recovered from the new variant so he almost certainly has better immunity against it than a person vaccinated against an old strain of the virus.

  4. “Exercised my power”. That’s all you need to know. It’s not about health since it’s a well known fact the jab doesn’t prevent anyone getting covid or spreading covid. It’s not about health or science, it’s about power and control. Australia=China.

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