Australia canceled Novak Djokovic’s visa for the second time on Friday in a sensational new attempt to deport unvaccinated tennis superstars.
The country’s conservative government, once defeated in court, exercised extraordinary executive power to regain a 34-year-old Serbian visa for the public good.
The move took place just three days before the Australian Open began, raising serious doubts about Djokovic’s record 21st Grand Slam dream.
The official Covid-19 vaccine septic, Dykovich, is the tournament’s top seed and practiced in a court in Melbourne Park just hours before the decision to bomb Immigration Minister Alex Hawke was announced.
“We are committed to protecting the Australian border, especially in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Hawk said in a statement.
He quoted “the basis for health and order” for the decision, stating that “it was in the public interest.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison upheld this decision. “Australian people have made many sacrifices during this pandemic, and they naturally expect the consequences of those sacrifices to be protected.”
Visa cancellation effectively means that, except in exceptional circumstances, the best tennis player in the world will be barred from obtaining a new Australian visa for three years.
However, in an emergency court that held a hearing late Friday, Tennis Ace challenged the decision.
Djokovic’s lawyer Nick Wood demanded an injunction against his dismissal and urged him to be allowed to leave the immigration camp as the case progressed.
“We are very worried about time,” Wood said, arguing that the government’s decision was characterized by “irrationality.”
In Belgrade, Djokovic’s compatriots shocked and reacted to the news.
“It’s ridiculous to say that high-level sportsmen like Novak endanger the health of Australians, it’s a scandal,” said 28-year-old local civil servant Petar Stojanovic.
Megastar jumped into Melbourne Airport on January 5th and claimed vaccination exemption due to a positive PCR test on December 16th.
Border guards refused his exemption, revoked his visa, and placed him in the infamous Melbourne detention center, where he stayed for four nights.
The Australian Government claims that recent infections are not subject to vaccination exemptions for foreigners entering the country.
Djokovic’s Supreme Court legal team overturned the visa decision in the Federal Circuit on Monday because the airport border authorities did not give him an agreed time to respond.
Djokovic’s vaccination has caused anger among many Australians who have endured some of the world’s most stringent coronavirus restrictions for nearly two years.
Some tennis players say Djokovic should be allowed to play, but not all are cooperative.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, the fourth largest in the world, criticized his actions.
“Sure, he plays according to his own rules,” Tsitsipas said in an interview with Indian broadcaster WION.
Almost everyone at the Australian Open was vaccinated, Tsitsipas said. But others “chosen to follow their own way of making the majority all look fools.”
On Wednesday, Djokovic described his report of going out after an unmasked infection in Serbia as “misinformation.”
On the day of his alleged positive test in Serbia, he attended a ceremony honoring him with a stamp with his image. The next day he attended a youth tennis event. He apparently appeared on both without a mask.
Djokovic said in an Instagram post that he received the results of the PCR test only after going to the children’s tennis event on December 17th.
However, he also admitted that he proceeded with an interview with the French sports daily L’Équipe on December 18.
“In retrospect, this was a misjudgment and I admit that I should have reschedule this commitment,” Djokovic said.
Journalist Frank Lamella, who interviewed Requip, said he was unaware that Djokovic was Covid-positive at the time of the interview.
The tennis star also admitted that Australia’s travel declaration was incorrect. The declaration had a checkmark in the box indicating that he did not travel or did not travel in the 14 days prior to his flight to Melbourne.
In fact, social media posts and reports show that he flew from Serbia to Spain during that period.
Djokovic blamed his support team for this. “My agent sincerely apologizes for any administrative mistakes in checking the wrong box,” he said.
As Covid-related hospitalizations increase in Melbourne, the Victoria State Government announced Thursday that it will limit the Australian Open capacity to 50 percent.
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