The Australian Minister for Immigration, Alex Hawke will not make a decision this Thursday on the deportation of Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, according to Australian media, while the world number one was included in the draw to play in the Australian Open.
An Australian government source confirmed to the newspapers Sydney Morning Herald and The Age that the Immigration Minister will not rule today on this case that has revealed the country’s harsh immigration policy and its commitment to vaccination against covid-19.
Since justice gave Djokovic the reason last Monday and allowed him to stay in Australia, Hawke has limited himself to saying that he is considering the possibility of using the special powers granted by law to deport the tennis player for not meeting the requirements imposed by covid-19 to enter the country.
Djokovic arrived in Australia on January 5 – to participate in the tournament – with a medical exemption for not being vaccinated, but customs agents denied him a visa and he was held in a Melbourne hotel while his lawyers filed an appeal in an Australian court. , who ordered his release on Monday.
Djokovic’s future at the Australian Open, which takes place between January 17 and 30, is still in suspense until Hawke decides whether to cancel his visa again. for failing to comply with the requirements imposed by covid-19 to enter the country and errors in your travel declaration.
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison – who is up for re-election this year and fighting a sharp spike in cases over the omicron surge – told reporters in Canberra that the minister has “special powers” and does not have the intention “to make more comments”.
Amid this uncertainty, the organizers of the Australian Open included Djokovic in the celebration of the draw, which began an hour late after a decision that was not explained by the organization. The Serbian, who is seeking his tenth trophy at the Australian Open and thus become the most successful tennis player of all time if he reaches 21 Grand Slam trophies, will face Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round.