Former world No. 4 Greg Rusedski absolutely believes Novak Djokovic didn’t deserve to get his visa cancelled.
After being granted a medical exemption for the Australian Open, Djokovic flew to Australia.
Djokovic was then met by the Australian Border Force, who cancelled his visa and detained him.
After winning his appeal in court and getting his visa back, Djokovic left detention and went to Melbourne Park.
On Friday, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke exercised his powers to cancel the visa of the world No. 1.
“The simple facts of Novak Case. Visa approved by Australia. Australian Judge upheld visa in court of law. Government want him out.If Novak’s visa was not approved,he would never have been allowed to board flight to Australia. Explain why he received a visa then? This is not right!” Rusedski tweeted.
Hawke made the call on Djokovic
Winning in court wasn’t the end of the Djokovic drama as the Djokovic camp feared Hawke would use his power to cancel his visa.
On Friday, Djokovic’s worst fears became a reality.
“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.”