Tennis: Australia Cancels Novak Djokovic's Visa

The world number one tennis star, Novak Djokovic, has had his visa dramatically revoked upon his arrival in Melbourne.

Novak Djokovic was held in Melbourne airport for several hours before announcing that Djokovic had not met the entry rules to be fully vaccinated with the Covid-19 vaccine. Djokovic would be deported.

According to the BBC, Djokovic was taken to a government detention hotel pending his departure. 

"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.

This unfolded over a backlash over Djokovic's vaccine exemption and was allowed to play in the Australian Open. 

Novak Djokovic posted on Instagram earlier that he received exemption permission to play in the Australian Open.

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"No one is above the country's rules," said Scott Morrison, Australian prime minister. 

All participants at the first Grand Slam of 2022, which starts on January 17, must be vaccinated against Covid-19 or have a medical exemption, granted only after assessment by two panels of independent experts.

"I've just finished my telephone conversation with Novak Djokovic," Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic posted on Instagram.

"I told our Novak that the whole of Serbia is with him and that our bodies are doing everything to see that the harassment of the world's best tennis player is brought to an end immediately.

"In line with all norms of international law, Serbia will fight for Novak, truth and justice. Novak is strong, as we all know."

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"Personally, I am not pro-vaccine," said Djokovic once. "I would not like it for someone to compel me to be vaccinated so I can travel."

Novak Djokovic is seeking a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam win at the Australian Open.

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