Novak Djokovic LIVE UPDATES: Visa cancelled AGAIN decision, THREE year ban and deportation LATEST, Australian Open draw

Novak Djokovic LIVE UPDATES: Visa cancelled AGAIN decision, THREE year ban and deportation LATEST, Australian Open draw

January 14, 2022

NOVAK DJOKOVIC has had his Australian visa cancelled AGAIN today.

The world No1 faces being deported once more now as his Australian Open challenge looks set to be scuppered after a decision made by the country's immigration minister.

Djokovic’s only hope now hinges on a legal challenge.

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 Serb is not vaccinated for Covid-19 and was denied entry into Australia last week despite obtaining an exemption against the jab.


Read our Novak Djokovic live blog below for ALL the latest updates…

  • Justin Lawrence

    Nigerian Billionaire praises Australia's Djokovic decision

    A Nigerian billionaire has praised the Australian government for cancellingDjokovic's visa for the second time.

    Atedo Peterside tweeted: "Great decision to kick Novak Djokovic out of Australia.

    “The excuse that his team members submitted false travel information on his behalf is laughable. So too is his failure to isolate himself after testing positive for #COVID19.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Court's been adjourned

    The case has now been adjourned with a decision yet to be made, the Guardian report.

    However, the Australian government have reportedly asked the judge to DETAIN Djokovic tomorrow at his hearing.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Djokovic's deportation will 'excite anti-vaxx community'

    Djokovic's lawyer has reportedly suggested that the reason for the tennis ace's deportation is to 'excite the anti-vaxxer' community.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Djokovic's not in detention

    Djokovic's legal representative Nicholas Wood has confirmed that the world No.1 is not in detention ahead of his hearing tomorrow at 8am.

    But Wood has urged the court to make a decision soon because the Australian Open starts on Monday, so every moment is precious, the Guardian report.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Djokovic's lawyer asks for an injunction

    Djokovic's lawyer has asked for an injunction to prevent the Serb from being deported from Australia.

    The 34-year-old SC Nicholas Wood, will be ready to file an written application to the court regarding the matter by 10.00pm tonight, the Guardian report.

    And that time is much sooner than 4pm tomorrow which the court offered.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Djokovic hearing has begun

    Djokovic's hearing at the Federal Circuit Court has begun.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Djokovic's hearing time set

    Djokovic's hearing with Australia's immigration officials will reportedly happen tonight at 8.45pm Melbourne time, which is 9.45am UK time.

    Multiple sources on Twitter have claimed that the Serb will go before Judge Anthony Kelly of the Federal Circuit Court to find out his fate.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Murray refuses to slam Djokovic

    Andy Murray has refused to 'kick Djokovic while he's down' following the Serb's Australian visa cancellation.

    He also doesn't think the saga that in his words has dragged on for 'too long', is good for the sport or the Australian government.

  • James Orr

    Three year ban

    This morning's decision also means Djokovic faces a THREE YEAR ban from visiting Australia.

    The 34-year-old can appeal this decision.

    Though a three year ban and no Australian Open's in that time would seriously hamper the Serbian's Grand Slam totals.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Australia's PM releases Djokovic statement

    Australias's Prime Minister Scott Morrison has revealed that cancelling Djokovic's visa was in the public's interest in a statement.

    He also said that the Australian public had made many sacrifices during the pandemic.

  • Dylan Terry

    Djokovic to meet with immigration officials

    It is now being widely reported that Novak Djokovic will meet with immigration officials tomorrow.

    The Serb has had his visa revoked for a second time but is expected to appeal the decision.

    This looks set to rumble on for the rest of the week, folks.

  • Dylan Terry

    Australian Lawyers Alliance statement

    The Australian Lawyers Alliance have now released their own statement, pointing towards the "unfair border policies" in the wake of the Novak Djokovic decision.

    They said: "The broad discretion given to the Minister means that political considerations drive decisions that can seriously impact people’s lives. It is astonishing that we have allowed one person to have this level of unchecked control and extraordinary power.

    "The powers given to the Immigration Minister and our border officials have been increasing over time with no corresponding increase in transparency or accountability. In many cases, there are no rights to appeal the Minister’s decision or any meaningful scrutiny of these decisions.

    "Most people don’t have the resources that Djokovic has to engage legal teams to defend them.

    "This government’s obsession with harsh border policies combined with its arbitrary approach to visa cancellation and detention has created a debacle this week but, more importantly, has destroyed the lives of thousands of people for many years."

  • Dylan Terry

    Djokovic continues to divide opinion

  • Dylan Terry

    Djokovic should never have received visa

    Australia's deputy leader of the opposition, Kristina Keneally, believes Novak Djokovic should never have received a visa in the first place.

    She said: "Djokovic never should have gotten a visa in the first place

    "This embarrassing and farcical incident could have been avoided. Mr Morrison and his Ministers always act too little, too late."

  • Dylan Terry

    Djokovic to appear before immigration officials

    Journalist Paul Sakkal is now reporting that Novak Djokovic has been asked to attend an interview with immigration officials tomorrow.

    Sakkal has said: Djokovic been asked to present himself for an interview with immigration officials tomorrow

    "Govt currently talking with his lawyers, per @Gallo_Ways

    "He will be staying out of detention until the interview and pending any legal action."

  • Dylan Terry

    Timeline of Djokovic decision

  • Dylan Terry

    More from Prime Minister Morrison

    His statement continued: "This is what the Minister is doing in taking this action today.

    "Our strong border protection policies have kept Australians safe, prior to COVID and now during the pandemic.

    "Due to the expected ongoing legal proceedings, I will be not be providing any further comment."

  • Dylan Terry

    Prime Minister Morrison on Djokovic decision

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison has supported the decision to revoke Novak Djokovic's visa once again.

    In a statement, he said: "I note the Minister for Immigration’s decision in relation to Mr Novak Djokovic’s visa.

    "I understand that following careful consideration, action has been taken by the Minister to cancel Mr Djokovic’s visa held on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so.

    "This pandemic has been incredibly difficult for every Australian but we have stuck together and saved lives and livelihoods.

    "Together we have achieved one of the lowest death rates, strongest economies and highest vaccination rates, in the world.

    "Australians have made many sacrifices during this pandemic, and they rightly expect the result of those sacrifices to be protected."

  • Dylan Terry

    The Novak Djokovic saga

    A complete mess.

  • Dylan Terry

    Difficult task for Djokovic's lawyers

    Melbourne-based immigration lawyer Kian Bone has said Djokovic's lawyers face an extremely difficult task to get court orders over the weekend to allow their client to play next week.

    "For Djokovic to get the outcomes he needs to play would be extremely difficult to obtain over the weekend", Bone said.

  • Dylan Terry

    Djokovic a nine-time champion

    Novak Djokovic has won the Australian a record nine times.

    He was looking to secure a 10th Melbourne title this year and was the favourite to claim the men's singles crown.

    But will he get the opportunity to do so? It now appears not.

  • Dylan Terry

    Djokovic should go quietly

    Novak Djokovic should leave Australia quietly, according to The Age's political correspondent David Crowe.

    He has reported: "The message to Novak Djokovic is to go quietly.

    "He can drag it out but the government wants him to know that a Section 133C(3) decision means he cannot get a visa for three years.

    "But he might get one in future years on compassionate grounds."

  • Dylan Terry

    Djokovic lawyers want 'streamlined trial'

    As previously stated, Djokovic's lawyers are keen to move this along as quickly as possible.

    A reminder that the Australian Open begins on Monday. The Serb is gunning for a record-breaking 21st Slam singles title.

  • Dylan Terry

    Djokovic banned for three years?

    Novak Djokovic will be banned from Australia for three years unless there are "compelling circumstances".

    That's what BBC journalist Russell Fuller is currently reporting following the recent developments.

    He tweeted: "Novak Djokovic has not only had his visa cancelled for a second time, but unless there are “compelling circumstances that affect the interests of Australia” will not be eligible for a visa again for a further 3 years."

  • Dylan Terry

    Djokovic still has some hope

    Novak Djokovic still has the hope of securing a 'bridging visa' to allow him to play in the Australian Open, according to the country's former deputy secretary of the Department of Immigration.

    Abdul Rizvi told ABC this morning: "What that means now is that Novak Djokovic must be taken into detention.

    "I assume he’ll go back to the same detention hotel that he was at previously. I assume his lawyers will now seek judicial review of that decision. And, the court will need to consider whatever application Mr Djokovic’s lawyers make.

    "I assume the applications will be for Novak Djokovic to be released in some way, probably directing the minister to release Mr Djokovic on a bridging visa to allow him to play in the Australian Open.

    "The judge would consider that and make a decision."

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