Novak Djokovic stunned as Australia decide to deport tennis star

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Australia have cancelled Novak Djokovic's visa for a second time

Australia has cancelled Novak Djokovic’s visa for a second time (Picture: Getty)

Australia has sensationally cancelled Novak Djokovic’s visa for the second time, with the tennis world number one now set to be deported rather than defend his Australian Open title.

Djokovic looked set to stay in Australia and compete in the first Grand Slam of the year after winning an appeal over his deportation on Monday.

But Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has cancelled the Serbian’s visa again under separate powers in Australia’s Migration Act.

‘Today I exercised my power… 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 minister said in a statement.

Djokovic can still launch another legal challenge to remain in the country but looks set to miss the Australian Open even if he is successful as the tournament starts on January 17.

Mr Hawke’s decision also means Djokovic will likely face a three-year ban on obtaining a new Australian visa.

The tennis star released a statement on Wednesday trying to clarify ‘ongoing misinformation’ about his movements and visa application, but admitted there were mistakes on his immigration forms and said he had met a journalist despite testing positive for Covid.

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Australia Immigration Minister Alex Hawke made the decision

Australia Immigration Minister Alex Hawke made the decision (Picture: Getty)

The unvaccinated tennis star arrived in Australia on January 6 ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year but was denied entry amid questions over the medical exemption he was given prior to the tournament.

Djokovic spent four days in a detention hotel before a judge dramatically overturned the decision and ordered his release.

The government refused to rule out further action, however, with immigration minister Mr Hawke considering intervention due to errors in Djokovic’s application. It was also suggested the minister could cancel the Serbian’s visa for ‘character grounds’ over his alleged breaches of various Covid rules.

And in a stunning turn of events, it was confirmed on Friday morning that Australia had cancelled Djokovic’s visa for the second time in the space of a week, with the 34-year-old now set to be deported and almost certainly miss the Australian Open, which he has won a record nine times.

Djokovic was bidding to win his 21st Grand Slam title in Melbourne

Djokovic was bidding to win his 21st Grand Slam title in Melbourne (Picture: AP)

The decision means Djokovic’s likely misses the chance to eclipse long-time rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as the most successful male tennis player in history with 21 Grand Slam titles.

In a statement on Monday, Djokovic admitted making a false declaration on his travel form before entering Australia and claimed he did not know he had Covid when he attended two events in Serbia in December.

The revelations led to more public outcry in Australia, which has had some of the toughest Covid restrictions over the past 18 months despite more than 90% of the adult population receiving two jabs.

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