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Tennis Star Novak Djokovic's Australian Visa Canceled for a Second Time

Tennis Star Novak Djokovic's Australian Visa Canceled for a Second Time

Novak Djokovic has had his Australian Visa canceled for the second time.

According to Variety, the decision will likely mean the 34-year-old tennis pro will be deported and subsequently miss the Australian Open championship, this year’s first grand slam event.

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Federal Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said that Novak may pose a danger to the public, as he’s opted not to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“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,” he said in a statement.

Novak was granted an exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine requirement to play at the tennis event, however, the visa he requested did not include any medical exemptions. When he arrived in Melbourne on Jan. 6, he was detained in an immigration facility after officials decided he did not have sufficient medical justifications for a vaccine exemption.

If he is deported, Novak may face a three-year ban on entry into Australia.

Earlier this week, the tennis star addressed the controversy and clarified the timeline of his positive COVID-19 test results.

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