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Novak Djokovic has had his Australian visa cancelled by the country’s immigration minister. This is the second time that the tennis star has had his visa revoked and his lawyers are expected to challenge the decision in the court, but as things stand the Serbian faces deportation from Australia.

Announcing his decision, Immigration minister Alex Hawke said: “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.”

The men’s world number one broke his silence over a number of accusations of breaking Covid protocol on Wednesday, and he conceded that he broke isolation and conducted an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe despite knowing that he was positive for the virus, such a transgression could result in up to five years in prison if proven that he lied about his positive test.

Follow all the latest news and updates from Melbourne below.

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Lawrence Ostlere14 January 2022 07:54

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Read the Australian immigration minister’s full statement

Minister Alex Hawke said: “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 decision followed orders by the Federal Circuit and Family Court on 10 January 2022, quashing a prior cancellation decision on procedural fairness grounds.

“In making this decision, I carefully considered information provided 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.

“I thank the officers of the Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Border Force who work every day to serve Australia’s interests in increasingly challenging operational environments.”

Holly Bancroft14 January 2022 07:40

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What can Djokovic do now?

Novak Djokovic’s lawyers are expected to appeal the latest decision to revoke his visa in the Federal Circuit and Family Court.

The success or failure of the legal challenge will determine whether the tennis No 1 can stay in Australia and compete in the tennis open.

Announcing his decision, Immigration minister Alex Hawke said: “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.”

Holly Bancroft14 January 2022 07:33

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Novak Djokovic has had his Australian visa cancelled for a second time.

The world number one had been waiting since a judge overturned the original decision on Monday to find out whether Immigration Minister Alex Hawke would use his powers to reimpose the penalty.

And, just before 6pm (7am UK time) on Friday, Hawke released a statement saying he had made the judgement to send Djokovic home “on health and good order grounds”.

Lawrence Ostlere14 January 2022 07:31

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Australia cancels Novak Djokovic’s visa for a second time

World No 1 Novak Djokovic has had his visa cancelled by the Australian immigration minister, just three days before the start of the tennis open in Melbourne.

Read the latest from Rory Sullivan here:

Holly Bancroft14 January 2022 07:27

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When will Australian immigration minister decide Novak Djokovic’s fate?

The Serbian awaits the decision of Australian immigration minister Alex Hawke, who must weigh whether to revoke the 20-time Grand Slam winner’s visa.

Pictures on social media showed the Serbian in Belgrade over Christmas and training in Spain at New Year.

Jack Rathborn14 January 2022 00:00

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Novak Djokovic ripped by Howard Stern in explosive rant

Novak Djokovic has been the subject of an explosive rant from Howard Stern who maintains the Serbian is “a f***ing a**hole”.

“That f***nut… Djokovic,” Stern said. “The Joker, I call him ‘’The Joker’’… What a f***ing a**hole.

“He’s a douchebag. You should be out of tennis. He doesn’t care about anyone else.

“Well that’s like saying smoking is a private decision. Well that’s true, but don’t smoke in my face, f***nut. What a dummy. Just a big, dumb tennis player.”

Jack Rathborn13 January 2022 23:45

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Novak Djokovic could face five years in prison if found to have misled court over Covid test

Novak Djokovic could face five years in prison if found to have lied about his positive Covid test to Australia authorities.

Djokovic said in a sworn affidavit to the Federal Circuit Court that he was diagnosed with coronavirus on 16 December. “On 16 December 2021, I was tested and diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 (Covid),” he said. The judge eventually ruled that Djokovic should not have his visa revoked and should be allowed to stay in Australia to play tennis.

Jack Rathborn13 January 2022 23:30

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Novak Djokovic trains with Federico Coria on Rod Laver

Novak Djokovic has continued training ahead of the 2022 Australian Open with Federico Coria on Rod Laver Court.

The Argentine, 29, will begin his tournament against No 17 seed Gael Monfils on Monday.

The pair met for the first time on court last year in the Belgrade 2 tournament on clay, with the Serbian triumphing in straight sets (6-1, 6-0) to advance to the semi-finals.

Jack Rathborn13 January 2022 23:15

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Stefanos Tsitsipas: Novak Djokovic put Australian Open at risk

Stefanos Tsitsipas insists Novak Djokovic put the Australian Open at risk with his actions to enter Australia with an exemption for Covid vaccination.

The Greek player, who is the No 4 seed in Melbourne, also claims he has not played by the rules and has made the other players who took the vaccine “look like fools”.

The Greek player said: “For sure he has been playing by his own rules, doing something not many players have the guts to go and do. Especially after ATP announced certain criteria to enter the country.

“Nobody would have thought I could come to Australia unvaccinated and not follow the protocols they gave me.

“It takes a lot of daring to do, and putting the Grand Slam at risk. I don’t think many players could do that. I chose to go and be 100 percent ready for whatever was to come and not have to think about anything else.

“For me it worked in one way, for Novak another way, it doesn’t mean mine is the right one and Novak’s is the wrong one. It’s just each person’s perception.

“There are two ways to look at it. Every single player almost, the stats say 90 percent of the players have been vaccinated and did what they had to do to come and perform in Australia. One side of it is we followed the protocols to compete in Australia and been very disciplined in that part.

“The other sense I’d say it kind of seemed like not everybody is playing by the rules. A very small majority of that percentage chose to follow their own way. It makes the majority look like they’re all fools or something.”

Jack Rathborn13 January 2022 23:00

Soruce: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/novak-djokovic-news-live-updates-latest-b1992117.html

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