Novak Djokovic’s visa for Australia was cancelled a second time

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The Australian government on Friday cancelled Novak Djokovic’s visa for a second time, saying the Serbian tennis star may pose a risk to the community neing unvaccinated against Covid 19. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said Friday he used his ministerial discretion to cancel visa. Novak Djokovic faces deportation. Djokovic’s lawyers began their appeal against the visa cancellation. His lawyer, Nick Wood, hopes an appeal will be heard Sunday and Djokovic would have his visa returned in time to play Monday. Deportation from Australia, if effective, can lead to a three-year ban on returning to the country. “Very rarely do the courts order a member of the executive government to grant a visa,” Melbourne-based immigration lawyer Kian Bone said. After the visa cancellation, media started gathering outside the building where Djokovic reportedly was meeting with his lawyers. „Australians have made many sacrifices during this pandemic and they rightly expect the result of those sacrifices to be protected,” Australian PM Morrison said in a statement. Morrison welcomed Djokovic’s pending deportation.

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At this time, Djokovic’s status is part of a larger, worldwide debate over the rights of the unvaccinated. “It’s not a good situation for anyone,” said Andy Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion and five-time runner-up at the Australian Open. If Djokovic withdraws from the tournament after Monday’s schedule is released, he would be replaced in the field by what’s known as a “lucky loser”, a player who loses in the qualifying tournament. Australia is facing a massive surge in coronavirus cases. On Friday, the nation reported 130,000 new cases.