Serbians irked as Australia revokes Novak Djokovic’s visa again

Novak Djokovic’s supporters in Serbia were dismayed Friday after waking up to the news that the top-ranked tennis player again faces deportation from Australia after his visa was revoked for a second time.

Australia’s immigration minister used his ministerial discretion to cancel the 34-year-old Serb’s visa on public interest grounds – only three days before play begins at the Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic’s supporters in Serbia were dismayed Friday after waking up to the news that the top-ranked tennis player again faces deportation from Australia after his visa was revoked for a second time (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Djokovic is the defending champion at the season’s first Grand Slam tournament and has won a record nine of his 20 major titles at Melbourne Park.

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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic later accused the Australian government of “harassing” and “maltreating” Djokovic and asked whether it is just trying to score political points ahead of upcoming elections.

Djokovic’s lawyers again appealed at a court in Melbourne, which they successfully did last week on procedural grounds after his visa was first cancelled when he landed in Melbourne and spent four nights in an immigration detention centre.

Djokovic initially refused to say if he had been vaccinated against the coronavirus, but he got an exemption from Australia’s strict COVID-19 vaccination regulations to enter the country the first time. He said this week he is unvaccinated.

(AP)

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