Djokovic VISA Issue LIVE – Australian Open LIVE Updates: Novak Djokovic is expected to discover his Australian Open fate today. The Australian government according to various reports in Australia is expected to ‘REVOKE’ Djokovic’s visa today. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is likely to announce whether he will revoke Djokovic’s visa for a second time and deport the Serbian superstar – Follow AO2022 LIVE Updates on InsideSport.IN
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If his VISA is REVOKED, Djokovic will be forced to withdraw from the tournament should he be unsuccessful in his bid to appeal a second cancellation of his visa.
It would mean Kecmanovic would therefore receive a walkover.
Djokovic, the defending champion, was included in Thursday’s draw as top seed and was due to face fellow Serb or his opening match, probably on Monday or Tuesday.
A decision to again cancel his visa could set up a second court battle by the Serbian tennis star, after a court quashed an earlier revocation and released him from immigration detention on Monday.
What are the Australian Papers & Media saying? Melbourne’s The Age newspaper cited a source in Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Liberal Party as saying the government was “strongly leaning” towards revoking the visa again.
Finance Minister Simon Birmingham said on morning television on Friday that visa decisions were a matter for the country’s Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, but the policy settings of the government overall were “crystal clear”.
“That is that people who enter Australia who are not Australian citizens should be double dose vaccinated unless they have a clear and valid medical exemption against that,” he said on Channel 9’s Today Show.
An online poll by the News Corp media group found that 83 per cent favoured the government trying to deport the tennis star.
The Committee for Melbourne, which represents business and arts leaders, says the city’s reputation for hosting events has been damaged by the dispute.
“The Djokovic visa and vaccination saga has reflected poorly on all those involved, which is a tragedy considering the excellence of our infrastructure and tournament planning,” Chief executive of the committee Martine Letts told The Age.
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The star himself has blamed “human error” by a member of his team for failing to state he had travelled outside of Serbia in the 14-day period prior to entering Australia.
The Serbian star flew into Australia a week ago claiming a vaccine exemption because of a positive PCR test result on December 16.
Border agents rejected his exemption saying a recent infection was an insufficient reason, tore up his visa and placed him in an immigration hotel.
But the vaccine-sceptic Djokovic’s high-powered legal team dramatically overturned the visa decision in court on Monday on a procedural matter related to his airport interview. The World No. 1 was released from the hotel and has trained at Melbourne Park several times since.
Now, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, who holds the power to cancel visas, says he is considering cancelling the visa another time, as fresh doubts emerge about Djokovic’s travels in the two weeks before he arrived in Australia.
“This was human error and certainly not deliberate,” Djokovic said in a post on Instagram. “We are living in challenging times in a global pandemic and sometimes these mistakes can occur”
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