Novak Djokovic faces deportation after Australian government revokes his visa for a second time | Tennis News

World number one Novak Djokovic has been waiting since a judge overturned the original decision on Monday to see if Immigration Minister Alex Hawke would use his powers to reimpose the sentence.

Last update: 14/1/22 7:09 AM


Novak Djokovic’s visa revoked

Novak Djokovic faces deportation after the Australian government revoked his visa for the second time.

The world’s No. 1 has been waiting since a judge overturned the original decision on Monday to see if Immigration Minister Alex Hawke would use his powers to reimpose the sentence.

Just before 6pm (7am UK time) on Friday, Hook released a statement saying he had made a ruling to send Djokovic home “for reasons of health and good order”.

Hook said: “Today I exercised my power under Section 133c(3) of the Immigration Act to cancel the visa held by Mr Novak Djokovic on grounds of health and order, on the grounds that it is in the public interest to do so.

Novak Djokovic has admitted making an 'error of judgment' by attending an interview and taking pictures with a French newspaper after he tested positive for Covid-19 last month.

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Novak Djokovic has admitted making an ‘error of judgment’ by attending an interview and taking pictures with a French newspaper after he tested positive for Covid-19 last month.

Novak Djokovic has admitted making an ‘error of judgment’ by attending an interview and taking pictures with a French newspaper after he tested positive for Covid-19 last month.

“The decision follows orders from the Federal Circuit and Family Court on January 10, 2022, to overturn the previous annulment decision on grounds of procedural fairness.

“In making this decision, I have carefully considered the information provided to me by the Home Office, the Australian Border Force and Mr Djokovic.

“The Morrison government is deeply committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Novak Djokovic – Sequence of events

January 4 – Djokovic announces that he will travel to Australia with “permission exemption”.
January 5 – While Djokovic was airborne, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the athlete would be on the “next plane to fly home” if he could not provide “acceptable evidence” that his exemption was legitimate.
Acting Sports Minister Gala Polford highlights that the local government in Victoria, where the Australian Open is being held, will not support Djokovic’s visa application.
World No. 1 arrives at Melbourne Airport around 11:30 pm local time.
January 6 – Around 3.15am, Djokovic’s father reports that his son is being held in isolation at Melbourne Airport.
At 5 am, Goran Ivanisevic posted a photo on social media of him and another member of Djokovic’s squad apparently waiting for the world number one.
Around 8.15am local time, Djokovic’s visa refusal was confirmed by the Australian Border Force.
Djokovic has been moved to a quarantine hotel while his legal team is appealing the visa cancellation.
His appeal against the visa revocation has been postponed until Monday (10 January) AM AST.
January 7 – Australian Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews says Djokovic is “free to leave at any time” and has not been arrested.
Djokovic broke the silence in an Instagram post Friday, thanking his fans for their “continued support”.
January 8 – Djokovic’s lawyer revealed on Saturday that he tested positive for Covid-19 in December.
January 9 Home Affairs Secretary Andrews filed a motion to postpone the hearing until Wednesday (January 12) which Judge Anthony Kelly denied.
A report from an Australian government lawyer says Djokovic has not been given guarantees that he will be allowed into the country with his medical exemption.
January 10 – Djokovic wins appeal. Judge Anthony Kelly reverses visa cancellation, orders the Australian government to pay legal costs and release Djokovic from detention.
Djokovic takes to social media to confirm that he is still determined to compete in the Australian Open.
January 12 – Djokovic posts on Instagram admitting to making a “miscalculation” by attending an interview and taking photos with a French newspaper after he tested positive for Covid-19 last month.
Jan 13 – Djokovic tied with Miomir Kekmanovic in the opening round as visa decision looms

“I thank the Home Office and Australian Border Force officers who work every day to serve Australia’s interests in increasingly challenging operational environments.”

Novak Djokovic – Sequence of events

January 4 – Djokovic announces that he will travel to Australia with “permission exemption”.
January 5 – While Djokovic was airborne, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the athlete would be on the “next plane to fly home” if he could not provide “acceptable evidence” that his exemption was legitimate.
Acting Sports Minister Gala Polford highlights that the local government in Victoria, where the Australian Open is being held, will not support Djokovic’s visa application.
World No. 1 arrives at Melbourne Airport around 11:30 pm local time.
January 6 – Around 3.15am, Djokovic’s father reports that his son is being held in isolation at Melbourne Airport.
At 5 am, Goran Ivanisevic posted a photo on social media of him and another member of Djokovic’s squad apparently waiting for the world number one.
Around 8.15am local time, Djokovic’s visa refusal was confirmed by the Australian Border Force.
Djokovic has been moved to a quarantine hotel while his legal team is appealing the visa cancellation.
His appeal against the visa revocation has been postponed until Monday (10 January) AM AST.
January 7 – Australian Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews says Djokovic is “free to leave at any time” and has not been arrested.
Djokovic broke the silence in an Instagram post Friday, thanking his fans for their “continued support”.
January 8 – Djokovic’s lawyer revealed on Saturday that he tested positive for Covid-19 in December.
January 9 Home Affairs Secretary Andrews filed a motion to postpone the hearing until Wednesday (January 12) which Judge Anthony Kelly denied.
A report from an Australian government lawyer says Djokovic has not been given guarantees that he will be allowed into the country with his medical exemption.
January 10 – Djokovic wins appeal. Judge Anthony Kelly reverses visa cancellation, orders the Australian government to pay legal costs and release Djokovic from detention.
Djokovic takes to social media to confirm that he is still determined to compete in the Australian Open.
January 12 – Djokovic posts on Instagram admitting to making a “miscalculation” by attending an interview and taking photos with a French newspaper after he tested positive for Covid-19 last month.
January 14 – Novak Djokovic faces deportation after the Australian government revokes his visa for the second time.

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