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Djokovic visa cancelled again

Novak Djokovic’s Australian visa has been canceled again, with just days to go before the start of the Australian Open.

The Australian immigration minister, Alex Hawke, has exercised his power to cancel the Serb's visa which is likely to result in his deportation unless there's an against-the-odds win in court.

The decision comes after Prime Minister, Scott Morrison commented that he expects authorities to apply the policies of the government that travelers entering the country must be double vaccinated, and falling short of that, must have an acceptable medical exemption.

The world number one's visa was initially canceled on the basis a recent Covid infection by itself was not enough for an exemption from the country's strict vaccination requirements.

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On Monday, a federal judge restored Djokovic’s visa, as it was unreasonable for the Australian Border Force to go back on a deal that saw him exempt from the requirements.

While Djokovic was released from a detention hotel in Melbourne, the chance always remained for the immigration minister to renege on the deal.

Since his release from the Park Hotel, it emerged through Der Spiegel that there were anomalies with his positive test result which was stated to be December 16th, while questions were also raised about his travel in the two weeks prior to travel Down Under.

This new decision will most likely mean that the defending champion will not compete at the event which begins next Monday (January 17th) where he was seeking a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam win.

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