Former world No. 49 Ilya Marchenko thinks the political motives stand behind Australia’s decision to cancel the visa of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic flew to Australian after being granted a medical exemption but then had his visa revoked by the Australian Border Force.
Djokovic got his visa back after winning his appeal in court but on Friday Immigration Minister Alex Hawke exercised his powers to cancel the visa of the world No. 1.
“Rules are rules” they say, then lose at their own court. Then find a way to cancel his visa anyway. So what rules were they referring to in the first place? Oh, I forgot, elections soon. Stay strong @djokernole,” Marchenko tweeted.
A Djokovic fan thanked Marchenko for speaking up.
Marchenko failed to clinch a main draw spot at the Australian Open after losing in the qualifying first round.
“I’m out of Australia so I can. Others just afraid of their visa being cancelled as well,” Marchenko responded.
On Friday, Hawke announced his decision to revoke the visa of Djokovic.
“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.”