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Tennis: Australia cancels Novak Djokovic’s visa

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Australia on Thursday canceled the visa of Novak Djokovic who arrived at Melbourne airport without the necessary documents to enter the country, Australian customs said. The world tennis n ° 1, whose vaccination status is unknown, had obtained a medical exemption to be able to play the Australian Open.

Turnaround in Melbourne. Australia on Thursday canceled the visa of Novak Djokovic who arrived at Melbourne airport without the necessary documents to enter the country, Australian customs said. The world No. 1 tennis player, who has never hidden his skepticism about vaccination, had obtained a medical exemption to be able to travel to Melbourne to play the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, the Australian Open (January 17-30), which he has already won nine times.

Djokovic soon expelled from Australia?

“Novak Djokovic did not provide the appropriate elements to enter Australia and his visa was therefore canceled. Foreign nationals who do not have a valid visa or whose visa has been canceled will be detained and deported from Australia, ”Customs said. According to the Australian press, the nine-time winner of the Australian Open would not have completed the correct form to apply for a visa and the visa he requested does not authorize a medical exemption. Djokovic, silent on his vaccination status, has been in the crosshairs of the Australian political class since he announced that he had obtained a medical exemption to participate in the Australian Open.

“There will be no special rule for Novak Djokovic. Not the least,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison thundered Wednesday at a press conference. In Belgrade, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Wednesday accused Australia of “bad treatment” of Djokovic. Claiming to have spoken to the world’s No. 1 tennis player on the phone, the head of state said on Instagram that “all of Serbia was with him (Djokovic)” and that “the authorities were taking all necessary measures to ensure that the ill-treatment of the best tennis player in the world cease as soon as possible “.

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