The 2022 Australian Open is scheduled to start in three days, and the defending champion in males’s singles play continues to be wanting extremely unlikely to have the ability to take part.

Novak Djokovic’s tried journey to participate within the event has hit one other snag, because the Australian authorities has revoked his visa for a second time. The 34-year-old faces deportation once more, because the probabilities of his participation within the Grand Slam tennis occasion proceed to dwindle on account of his determination to be unvaccinated towards COVID-19.

“Immigration Minister Alex Hawke mentioned Friday that he used his ministerial discretion to cancel the 34-year-old Serb’s visa on public curiosity grounds — simply three days earlier than play begins on the Australian Open, the place Djokovic has gained a file 9 of his 20 Grand Slam titles,” an ESPN report learn. “Three hours later, Djokovic’s legal professionals started their attraction towards the visa cancellation in an after-hours listening to on the Federal Circuit and Household Courtroom. The identical decide, Anthony Kelly, dominated in favor of Djokovic earlier this week on procedural grounds after his visa was first canceled when he landed at a Melbourne airport.”

One other latest piece of Djokovic’s scandal-filled month was his latest admission that he attended a youngsters’s occasion in December with COVID-19 take a look at outcomes nonetheless pending, and in the end gave an interview following a optimistic take a look at.

Based on ESPN’s report on Friday morning, Djokovic’s lawyer, Nick Wooden, instructed Kelly that he hoped an attraction can be heard on Sunday and that the world’s No. 1 males’s tennis participant would have his visa returned in time for him to play within the first spherical of the Open on Monday. Deportation from Australia can result in a three-year ban from the nation, although that may be waived, relying on the circumstances, based on ESPN.

All gamers, assist groups and spectators on the Australian Open are presently required to be vaccinated towards COVID-19.

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