Tennis star Novak Djokovic to be deported after the Australian government revoked his visa for a second time. This has been an absolute circus at the Australian Open but it is the right thing.
The Tennis ace should not be able to circumvent the rule of law in any country, similarly to Prince Andrew in America, he has to follow the same rules as everyone or the whole judicial system will break down.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said on Friday that he had used his ministerial discretion to revoke the 34-year-old Serb’s visa on public interest grounds three days before the Australian Open is to begin.
Let me say this, if Naomi Osaka, or Serena Williams acted in the way Novak Djokovic has acted in the past couple weeks- the tennis association would be sharpening their knives. They hung Osaka out to dry because she missed a couple pressers, meanwhile on Djokovic…(crickets).
— Francis Maxwell (@francismmaxwell) January 13, 2022
Nightmare for Tennis number 1 – Djokovic to be deported
The decision was taken “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.
The government was “firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic”, he added.
As things stand, the decision paves the way for the men’s world number one — who is not vaccinated against the coronavirus — to be barred from bidding for a 10th Australian title and a record 21st Grand Slam win next week.