Novak Djokovic’s visa cancellation ‘patently irrational’, lawyers tell court as another court battle looms

Novak Djokovic’s lawyers have told a court that the Australian government has cancelled the men’s tennis World No.1 as it might “excite anti-vaccination sentiment”, and not because he was unvaccinated against COVID-19.

Deportation from Australia can lead to a three-year ban on returning to the country for Djokovic.

Deportation from Australia can lead to a three-year ban on returning to the country for Djokovic. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Djokovic’s visa was cancelled a second time
  • Immigration Minister Hawke said the decision was taken in public interest
  • Djokovic was included in the Australian Open draw

Australia cancelled Novak Djokovic’s visa on the grounds his presence in the country might excite anti-vaccination sentiment, and not because he was unvaccinated against COVID-19, his lawyers told a court on Friday night.

The minister’s decision was “patently irrational”, Djokovic’s lawyer Nicholas Wood told the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, Reuters reports.

Deportation from Australia can lead to a three-year ban on returning to the country, although that may be waived, depending on the circumstances.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said he canceled the visa on “health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so”. His statement added that Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government “is firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic”.

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