Australia Cancels Novak Djokovic’s Visa Again

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Australian authorities canceled the visa of Novak Djokovic on Friday and threatened to detain him again, reigniting the legal battle over the unvaccinated tennis star’s controversial entry into the country and renewing doubt over whether he will be able to pursue a record-breaking Australian Open title.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke revoked the Serb’s visa for the second time this month, citing “health and good order” grounds, amid questions over whether Djokovic lied on an immigration form about contracting the coronavirus and his travel in the two weeks before arriving in Australia last Wednesday. The top-ranked men’s player apologized earlier this week for what he said was “human error” on the travel declaration, which he attributed to an agent, and for attending a Dec. 18 interview with a French sports publication despite learning he had tested positive for the virus.

“In making this decision, I carefully considered information provided to me by the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border Force and Mr. Djokovic,” Hawke said in a statement, adding that the move was in the public interest. Australia’s government “is firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the covid-19 pandemic,” Hawke said.

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SOURCE: Greenwich | The Washington Post, by Michael E. Miller and Frances Vinall