Australian Open 2022

Australia cancels Djokovic's visa, denies entry

Novak Djokovic was denied entry into Australia and had his visa canceled after arriving in Melbourne to defend his title

The Australian Border Force issued a statement saying Djokovic failed to provide appropriate evidence to meet entry requirements

The top-ranked Djokovic flew in after receiving a medical exemption from the strict coronavirus vaccination requirements

Australian media reported that Djokovic’s team had applied for the wrong type of visa for a person with a medical exemption

Djokovic’s lawyers are expected to appeal the decision, which came after the 20-time major winner had to spend more than eight hours at the airport

Djokovic’s father, Srdjan Djokovic, told the B92 internet portal that his son was held “in a room which no one can enter” at the airport, guarded by two policemen

Djokovic’s participation in the Australian Open has become a hot political topic, with many Australians furious that he was granted an exemption to enter the country.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said "authorities were taking measures “so the harassment of the best tennis player in the world be stopped in the shortest possible time "

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday said "no one is above rules" after the country's border force cancelled the visa of Novak Djokovic