Australian Judge Overturns Novak Djokovic's Visa Cancellation, Govt Still Threatening to Deport Him

Chris Menahan
Jan. 10, 2022

Pureblood rank one tennis champion Novak "No-Vax" Djokovic on Monday won the right to stay in Australia and compete in the Australian Open after having his visa reinstated by a federal judge but the Australian government is nonetheless threatening to pull his visa again and deport him out of spite.

From the AP, "Judge says Djokovic can stay in Australia but saga not over":
Novak Djokovic returned to the tennis court Monday for training, having won a legal battle to stay in Australia to play in the Australian Open after his exemption from strict coronavirus vaccine rules was questioned. But the government is still threatening to cancel his visa and deport him.

[...] But government lawyer Christopher Tran told the judge that the immigration minister "will consider whether to exercise a personal power of cancellation."

That would mean that the nine-time Australian Open winner and defending champion could again face deportation and could miss the tournament, which starts on Jan. 17. It could also bar him from the country for three years.
Here's an excerpt from his interrogation:

In related news, Georgia's No. 1 tennis player, Nikoloz Basilashvili, had to quit his match during the Australian Open last week because he said he was "struggling to breathe."

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