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Djokovic ‘likely’ to face three year ban from Australia after visa cancelled

Novak Djokovic could be banned from entering Australia for the next three years after he had his visa cancelled for the second time on Friday morning.

The World No.1 had travelled Down Under to compete in the Australian Open later this month.

However, after failing to fill out his ATD correctly, Djokovic has been locked in a battle with authorities to let him play.

The decision to hand the Serb back his visa was taken last week, but it has now been revoked again.

And with Djokovic's immediate future in Australia in doubt, he could also be banned from obtaining a new visa for a further three years, but it can be waived.

Australia's immigration minister, Alex Hawke, said in a statement: "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.

"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 Force and Mr Djokovic."

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Djokovic now faces being deported from Australia without being able to hit a ball in the tournament.

While, Australia's Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, added: "Australians have made many sacrifices during this pandemic, and they rightly expect the result of those sacrifices to be protected."

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