NOVAK DJOKOVIC is waiting to know if he can play in the Australian Open next week as Australia mull over revoking the Serb’s visa once again.
Novak Djokovic is still awaiting word from Australia on whether he will be permitted to compete in the next Australian Open.
The Australian Border Force is currently investigating him, and several questions have been raised, and Alex Hawke, the Minister for Immigration, has the authority to revoke Djokovic’s visa again before the Grand Slam begins next Monday (January 17).
Djokovic won an appeal against deportation in court on Monday after Tennis Australia’s senior medical officer granted him a medical exemption to travel, but he may still be booted out of the nation due to Hawke’s power.
If the Australian minister finds that having COVID is insufficient grounds for a medical exemption from vaccination, the global No. 1 might be thrown out.
Meanwhile, Djokovic admitted to making a false declaration on his admission documents, which falsely stated that he had not gone to Spain in the two weeks prior to flying to Australia.
The Serb expressed remorse for an “administrative error” that has led to his investigation by officials, who are also looking into the fact that Djokovic violated isolation restrictions in Serbia in December.
The probe will also look into when Djokovic took his test and received the findings after making contradictory assertions.
Djokovic stated in a signed court document relied on by the Federal Circuit Court that he received the findings on December 16, but in his statement he stated that he realised he was positive the next day, on December 17.
Despite the fact that the Australian Open draw was completed overnight yesterday, Hawke is yet to make a judgement on the topic (UK time).
“I will refer to Mr. Hawke’s most recent remark (on Wednesday)—that view has not changed,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated.
Minister Hawke has personal ministerial powers that he can exercise, and I have no additional comment at this moment.
“That individual must provide proof of vaccination or offer a medical explanation; that is the policy, and it has not changed.”
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