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Australia Cancels Novak Djokovic's Visa Again

Australian authorities canceled the visa of Novak Djokovic on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, reigniting the legal battle over the unvaccinated tennis star’s controversial entry into the country and renewing doubt over whether he will be able to pursue a record-breaking Australian Open title, Michael E, Miller, and Frances Vinall reported for Washington Post.

Photo Insert: The question still remains as to whether or not the men's top seed will be allowed to suit up for the Australian Open.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used his personal power to cancel the Serb’s visa for the second time this month, citing health and good order grounds, amid questions over whether Djokovic lied on an immigration form about contracting the coronavirus and his travel in the two weeks before arriving in Australia last Wednesday.

The top-ranked men’s player apologized earlier this week for what he said was “human error” on the travel declaration, which he attributed to an agent, and for attending a Dec. 18 interview with a French sports publication despite learning he had tested positive for the virus.

“In making this decision, I carefully considered information provided to me by the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border Force, and Mr. Djokovic,” Hawke said in a statement, adding that the decision was in the public interest.

The development marked the latest twist in a saga that has captured global headlines and created tensions between Australian officials, who insist they are simply following the nation’s rules, and their Serbian counterparts, who claim the tennis player has been unfairly targeted.

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Djokovic was initially detained late on Jan. 5 after arriving in Melbourne, where Australian Border Force officials decided he did not have the valid medical exemption required of unvaccinated foreign visitors.

He was held in a hotel that houses asylum seekers for more than four days until a federal judge restored his visa and ordered him released, ruling that border officials had treated him unfairly.

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Djokovic, the defending Australian Open champion, is pursuing a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title. He has won the Melbourne event nine times and was included in the tournament draw as the top seed on Thursday.

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