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Djokovic's Australian visa cancelled again by immigration minister

He can launch another legal battle to stay and compete in the Australian Open

Novak Djokovic Twitter [File] Novak Djokovic before travelling to Australia | Twitter

Australia has cancelled the visa of tennis star Novak Djokovic once again, which means he could be deported ahead of the start of the Australian Open.

The Serbian star though could launch another legal challenge to stay and compete.

Australia's immigration minister Alex Hawke released a statement saying that he exercised his power to cancel the visa on health and good order grounds.

A few days ago, the Federal Circuit and Family Court in Melbourne quashed a prior cancellation decision by the Australian Border Force as Djokovic had not taken his vaccination as mandated by the country.

“In making this decision, I carefully considered information provided to me by the department of home affairs, the Australian Border Force and Mr Djokovic,” read the statement.

The 34-year-old Serb had his visa cancelled on arrival in Melbourne when his vaccination exemption was questioned, but he won a legal battle on procedural grounds that allowed him to stay in the country.

If Djokovic does not appeal the minister's decision he will be deported and may be barred from being granted any future visa for the next three years.

The defending champion was then awarded the top seed at the announcement of the draw.

Djokovic travelled to Australia seeking to win a 21st Grand Slam titles to break the men's record of 20 he shared with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

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