Novak Djokovic is set to be granted a visa to play in subsequent yr’s Australian Open regardless of his high-profile deportation in January.
The Australian Broadcasting Corp. on Tuesday mentioned it had confirmed newspaper reports that the immigration minister had overturned a possible three-year exclusion interval for Djokovic.
The Australian Border Force has beforehand mentioned an exclusion interval may be waived in sure circumstances — and that every case would be assessed on its deserves.
Immigration Minister Andrew Giles’ workplace declined touch upon privateness grounds, which means any announcement on Djokovic’s visa standing would have to come from the 35-year-old Serbian tennis star.
The 21-time Grand Slam singles champion wasn’t allowed to defend his Australian Open title this yr after a tumultuous 10-day authorized saga over his COVID-19 vaccination standing that culminated together with his visa being revoked on the eve of the match.
Djokovic arrived at Melbourne Airport because the world’s top-ranked tennis participant with a visa he’d obtained on-line and what he believed to be a legitimate medical exemption to the nation’s strict legal guidelines for unvaccinated vacationers as a result of it was endorsed by Tennis Australia and the federal government of Victoria state, which hosts the match.
Confusion reigned, producing world headlines. As it transpired, that medical exemption allowed him entry to the match, which required all gamers, followers and officers to be vaccinated for the coronavirus, however not essentially to enter the nation. It was rejected by the Australian Border Force.
Alex Hawke, Australia’s immigration minister on the time, used discretionary powers to cancel Djokovic’s visa on character grounds, stating he was a “talisman of a group of anti-vaccine sentiment.”
Australia has had a change of presidency and altered its border guidelines this yr and, since July 6, incoming vacationers not have to present proof of COVID-19 vaccinations. That eliminated the most important barrier to entry for Djokovic.
It allowed him to apply to new Immigration Minister Andrew Giles to rethink his visa standing. In his favour, Djokovic left Australia shortly after his visa was revoked and has not publicly criticized Australian authorities.
As the Department of Home Affairs web site explains, candidates in Djokovic’s circumstances should clarify in writing to Australia’s border authorities why the exclusion interval ought to be put apart — “you have to present us that there are compassionate or compelling circumstances to put apart your re-entry ban and grant you the visa.”
Djokovic indicated Monday on the ATP Finals in Italy that his attorneys had been speaking with the Australian authorities with a view to him contesting the Jan. 16-29 Australian Open.