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Australian minister cancels Djokovic’s visa; world No. 1 cannot defend his title – Melbourne News

The 9-time Australian Open champion, who has gained consecutive titles at Melbourne Park since 2019, had initially been granted a medical exemption to compete within the event.

The 34-yr-outdated Djokovic, winner of 20 Grand Slam titles, had earlier this week gained the authorized battle in his bid to stay in Australia, with a court docket ordering his quick launch from immigration detention. However, legal professionals for the federal authorities had informed the court docket that the nation’s immigration minister was reserving the proper to train his private powers to once more revoke Djokovic’s visa.

Hawke used his discretionary powers on Friday to cancel the visa given to Djokovic, who has not declared his COVID-19 vaccination standing regardless of a groundswell of demand for him to take the jab within the curiosity of public security and his personal well being.

In an announcement issued on Friday, Hawke stated, “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.

“This resolution adopted orders by the Federal Circuit and Family Court on 10 January 2022, quashing a previous cancellation resolution on procedural equity grounds. In making this resolution, I fastidiously thought-about data supplied to me by the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border Force and Mr Djokovic.

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

Djokovic had sought medical exemption on the bottom that he had examined COVID-constructive lately (December 26), and so ought to be allowed to play within the opening Grand Slam of the yr. Reports quickly emerged that he had examined constructive for the virus on December 18 and had given an interview to L’Equipe figuring out nicely that he had COVID-19.

Djokovic, a powerful opponent of COVID-19 vaccination, then issued a clarification on social media, saying, he needed to deal with the “continuing misinformation” about his actions and attendance at occasions in December within the lead as much as his constructive PCR COVID take a look at outcome.

(*1*)error of judgement”.

“I felt obliged to go forward and conduct the L’Equipe interview as I did not wish to let the journalist down however did guarantee I socially distanced and wore a masks exempt when my {photograph} was being taken this was an error in judgment and I settle for that I ought to have rescheduled this dedication.”

World No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas has said recently that Djokovic has been “taking part in by his personal guidelines” and has put his Grand Slam at risk, adding that the Australian Open defending champion has made vaccinated tennis players “appear like fools”.

On Thursday, the Serbian was included in the draw and was scheduled to start his Australian Open campaign against world No. 78, compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic.

The Australian Open begins on January 17.

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