Australia has once again cancelled the visa for tennis star Novak Djokovic, who was allowed to stay in Melbourne after the Serb won the court trials in his favour on Monday.
Novak was planned to appear in the Australian Open tournament that will commence from Monday. The player can still initiate another legal challenge to be able to stay in Australia. According to a report by BBC, there are chances that the top-seeded star can be deported and face a three-year visa ban due to the decision on “health and good order.”
“Today I exercise my power..to cancel the visa held by Mr Novak Djokovic on health and good order grounds, on that basis that it was in the public interest to do so,” said Immigration Minister Alex Hawke in a statement.
With the visa cancelled again that intends to deport the player, Novak can only hope to defend his 21st Grand Slam title and to overtake Federer and Nadal with a legal challenge.
The world number one player appeared in the first round draw of the first Grand Slam of the year on Thursday, amid the controversy as it was not conclusive if the Serbian could stay in the country. Djokovic, who was claiming to protect his 10th Australian Open title was drawn to play against Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia that was scheduled for Monday.
The player’s visa was cancelled for the first time after he arrived in the hosting country the previous week following a COVID-19 vaccination exemption that arouse conflict.