Novak Djokovic’s visa has been revoked by Australia
Novak Djokovic, the world number one in men’s tennis, had his visa to enter Australia unexpectedly cancelled upon his arrival in Melbourne following a massive reaction over a vaccine exemption.
He was kept in the airport for several hours before border officials informed him that he had failed to meet the entry requirements.
After that, he was transferred to a government jail facility. On Monday, a court will rule on his deportation.
The quarrel centres on an exemption he received to compete in the Australian Open.
The Serbian player, who has stated his opposition to vaccination, was given a medical exemption by two independent medical panels organised by Tennis Australia, the event’s governing body, and Victoria State, according to tournament organisers.
The decision infuriated many in a country where COVID-19 infections are on the rise and where over 90% of people over the age of 16 are completely vaccinated. People have also had to put up with some of the world’s most severe restrictions, and some people are still unable to travel between states or abroad.
After arriving from Dubai on Wednesday, border officials stated the 34-year-old had “failed to submit the necessary documentation” for entrance. He is now being kept at an immigration detention facility in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton.
ABF’s ruling was appealed by Djokovic’s team, and a hearing has been scheduled for Monday before the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.
Scott Morrison, Australia’s Prime Minister, denied that Djokovic was being singled out for targeting, saying that no one was above the country’s regulations. However, he acknowledged that Djokovic’s anti-vaccination position has attracted attention.
Many Australians had previously blamed the government for allowing the wealthy and famous to live their lives as they liked while ordinary people were kept apart from their ailing and dying relatives.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation stated that two more people’s medical exemptions were being considered. The ABF had previously advised Tennis Australia about visa expectations, according to Mr Morrison.
The Australian Open begins on January 17th in Melbourne. Djokovic has won the tournament a total of nine times.