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Australia cancels Novak Djokovic’s entry visa

/ 06:23 AM January 06, 2022

MELBOURNE, Australia – Australia said Thursday it had canceled the entry visa of Novak Djokovic, opening the way to his detention and removal in a dramatic reversal for the tennis world number one.

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The vaccine-sceptic Serb had landed in Melbourne a few hours earlier, after celebrating on social media that he had a medical exemption to play in the Australian Open without proof he was fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

The exemption, granted by tournament organizers after his application had been cleared by two medical panels, sparked fury among Australians who have endured lockdowns and restrictions for two years.

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A Serbian tennis fan waves a flag as he awaits the arrival of Serbia’s tennis champion Novak Djokovic in Melbourne on January 6, 2022.  After arriving in Melbourne late on January 5, world number one Novak Djokovic may have encountered a late snag on his trip to play in the Australian Open, after state government officials refused to support his visa application. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

But the nine-time Australian Open champion, who touched down at Melbourne airport late Wednesday, never got past border control.

“Mr Djokovic failed to provide appropriate evidence to meet the entry requirements to Australia, and his visa has been subsequently cancelled,” the Australian Border Force said in a statement.

“Non-citizens who do not hold a valid visa on entry or who have had their visa cancelled will be detained and removed from Australia,” it added.

“The Australian Border Force will continue to ensure that those who arrive at our border comply with our laws and entry requirements.”

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