Mark Petchey said that Novak Djokovic could and should have gotten vaccinated. Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, was granted a medical exemption for the Australian Open. After landing in Australia, Djokovic was detained and had his visa cancelled.
Djokovic appealed and got his visa reinstated after winning his appeal. On Friday, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke exercised his power to cancel the visa of Djokovic. Djokovic appealed the decision and he will know his fate on Sunday.
“Genuinely don’t care what happens tomorrow. The facts are Novak could and should have got vaccinated if he so wished had plenty of time - then got lucky to have a medical exemption so was permitted to enter but I genuinely don’t care either way anymore.
I just want to watch tennis,” Petchey tweeted.
Genuinely don’t care what happens tomorrow. The facts are Novak could and should have got vaccinated if he so wished had plenty of time - then got lucky to have a medical exemption so was permitted to enter but I genuinely don’t care either way anymore.I just want to watch tennis — Mark Petchey (@_markpetchey) January 15, 2022
Djokovic’s visa revoked for a second time
After winning his appeal in court and getting his visa back, Djokovic wasn’t at peace because he knew Immigration Minister Hawke could cancel his visa.
On Friday, Djokovic’s worst fears became reality as Hawke decided to cancel the visa of the world No. 1. “Today I exercised my power under section 133C(3) of the Migration Act to cancel the visa held by Mr Novak Djokovic on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so," Hawke said in a statement on Friday.
"This decision followed orders by the Federal Circuit and Family Court on 10 January 2022, quashing a prior cancellation decision on procedural fairness grounds. "In making this decision, I carefully considered information provided to me by the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border For.
and Mr Djokovic. "The Morrison Government is firmly committed to protecting Australia's borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. "I thank the officers of the Department of Horne Affairs and the Australian Border Force who work every day to serve Australia's interests in increasingly challenging operational environments."