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  • Novak Djokovic is set to be deported from Australia after government revokes visa for a second time
  • Decision comes despite court ruling that tennis star’s COVID vaccine exemption is valid
  • Australian immigration minister Alex Hawke says he took the decision on “health and good order grounds”
  • Djokovic unable to defend his 2020 Australian Open victory

As Djokovic faces deportation, Murray celebrates victory

The Scottish tennis champion has beaten X at the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Cup final in Sydney – a competition Novak Djokovic announced his withdrawal from last month.

Team Serbia was instead led by a confused world No. 33 Dusan Lajovic, who at the time said he “does not know the reason”.

Rennae Stubbs says Djokivic’s opponents will be ‘pumped’ by visa decision

Describing the Serbian as “unbeatable” at the Australian Open, former tennis champion Rennae Stubbs told Network 10 that the decision was a “very, very strange moment in the history of the tournament”.

WATCH: What does Australian PM think about Djokovic?

Scott Morrison told reporters the first time Novak Djokovic’s visa was canceled that “rules are rules” – a line he has repeated since despite an Australian judge ruling that the tennis star had a valid exemption from the COVID vaccine.

But Morrison and his allies have continued to object to Djokovic’s stay in the country.

What happens next for Djokovic and will he be forced to leave immediately?

Melbourne-based immigration lawyer Kian Bone said Djokovic’s lawyers faced an “extremely difficult” task to get court orders over the weekend to allow the tennis star to compete in the Australian Open.

For Djokovic to get the outcomes he needs to play would be extremely difficult to obtain over the weekend. If you left it any later than [minister Alex Hawke] has done now, I think from a strategic standpoint he’s really hamstringing Djokovic’s legal team, in terms of what sort of options or remedies he could obtain.

The lawyer told the Associated Press that Djokovic will need to go before a duty judge of the Federal Circuit and Family Court or a higher judge of the Federal Court to get two urgent orders if he stands a chance of not being deported.

One order would be an injunction preventing his deportation, like the order he gained last week. The second would order Hawke to grant Djokovic a visa to play in the Open.

What does the Australian government say about Djokovic decision?

It was widely expected that immigration minister Alex Hawke would cut short Novak Djokovic’s time in Australia – but why?

The politician – a close ally of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who has repeatedly said “rules are rules” when it comes to the tennis star – said his decision was made on “health and good order grounds”.

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.

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Novak Djokovic’s visa has been canceled for the second time by the Australian government on “health and good order” grounds.

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