On Friday the Morrison government's immigration minister, Alex Hawke, took the momentous decision to again cancel the world No 1 ’ s visa, which is very likely to trigger deportation despite Djokovic ’ s win in court on Monday.

When Djokovic landed in Melbourne late on the evening of 5 January, he thought a visa and a medical exemption approved by Tennis Australia's chief medical officer and an independent Victorian government board would guarantee him a shot at his 10th Australian Open and record 21st grand slam.

Djokovic challenged his visa cancellation in the federal circuit court, winning because the judge agreed it had been unreasonable of the border force to renege on a deal to give him more time to address the exemption issue.

Even public opinion – so long set against Djokovic for his refusal to be vaccinated to play a tournament in one of the world's most locked down cities during the pandemic – seemed to swing back his way.

Accepting the loss on procedural grounds, the government's lawyer warned the minister was still considering the nuclear option of re-cancelling his visa.

On Wednesday, Djokovic conceded his agent made an "administrative mistake" when declaring he had not travelled in the two weeks before his flight to Australia and acknowledged an “ error of judgment ” by not isolating after he tested positive for Covid.

the government ’ s new reason to cancel his visa was a fear his presence in australia might "excite anti-vax sentiment".

Pictured: A video on Friday evening showed a car - believed to be carrying Novak Djokovic - arriving at his lawyer's officers ahead of the late night hearing being announced

Yes, it will have an enormous impact on Djokovic and his quest to be recognised as the greatest male singles player of all time.

In the meantime, Djokovic will be detained from 8am Saturday except to attend online court hearings at his solicitors' offices, with Border Force officials deployed on the same floor, government lawyer Stephen Lloyd said.

The Serbian was not detained on Friday night after Immigration Minister Alex Hawke's decision.

The decision means that Djokovic could be effectively barred from re-entering Australia for three years unless he can show in future bids that compelling circumstances exist, such as compassionate or Australian national interest grounds.

Australia has cancelled Novak Djokovic 's visa for a second time, the country's immigration minister announced on Friday. Pictured: Djokovic rests during a training session at Melbourne Park, Australia, January 14, 2022

'We are very concerned about time,' Wood told the emergency hearing.

"The Morrison government is firmly committed to protecting Australia's borders, particularly in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic."

The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, said that Australians had "made many sacrifices during this pandemic, and they rightly expect the result of those sacrifices to be protected".

'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.

The cancellation means Djokovic (pictured taking a rest during training on Friday) would be barred from a new Australian visa for three years, except under certain circumstances

"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.

Novak Djokovic's Australian visa has again been cancelled days before the start of the Australian Open on the basis his presence could "excite anti-vaccination sentiment".

It will likely result in another round of court action by the 34-year-old Serb who has already won the Open nine times, and throw the grand slam tournament into further disarray.

The tennis star (pictured left and right with his wife Jelena in 2013), a vaccine sceptic, fuelled widespread anger in Australia when he announced last week he was heading to Melbourne for the Australian Open with a medical exemption to requirements for v

Greek world number four Stefanos Tsitsipas said Djokovic was 'playing by his own rules' and making vaccinated players 'look like fools '.

'No-one really thought they could come to Australia unvaccinated and not having to follow the protocols ... it takes a lot of daring to do and putting the grand slam at risk, which I don't think many players would do,' Tsitsipas said in an interview with India's WION news channel.

"i just want it to get resolved.

I think it would be good for everyone if that was the case.

it just seems like it's dragged on for quite a long time now, and it ’ s not great for tennis, not great for the australian open, not great for novak."

The Australian government insists a recent infection does not qualify as a vaccine exemption for foreign nationals trying to enter the country.

Djokovic faced a nervous wait, with questions about his travel in the fortnight before arriving in Australia and attendance at events after his positive Covid diagnosis of 16 December.

Djokovic admitted doing a interview and photo shoot L'Equipe while infected with Covid as he had a long standing commitment to do so.

Judge Kelly had said on Monday if the government intended to cancel Djokovic's visa the Federal Circuit Court must be given ample notice to prepare for future proceedings.

'… The minister is currently considering the matter. '

djokovic must then stay in a detention centre before the appeal heard in the federal court in sunday.

Hawke's legal representative, meanwhile, said the minister would not seek to deport Djokovic until proceedings were at an end, raising the possibility he could yet be sent home mid-tournament.

The decision means Djokovic also faces a three-year ban from the country, which could mean he never plays at the Australian Open again, although that can be waived.

The situation has dominated global news since Djokovic was detained at Melbourne airport last Thursday morning after Border Force officials concluded he did not have the right paperwork to enter the country.

Wood revealed that the basis for Hawke's decision was the potential for Djokovic to "excite anti-vax sentiment", noting this was “ radically different ” from the reason for the first cancellation and arguing there was was “ no rational basis ” for the conclusion.

Documents revealed Djokovic tested positive in Serbia on 16 December but he was photographed at events on the following two days and issued a statement earlier this week admitting he took part in an interview with French newspaper L'Equipe at his tennis centre in Belgrade despite knowing he had the virus.

At an urgent court directions hearing on Friday evening, Djokovic's counsel, Nicholas Wood, expressed concern at his safety and a potential "media circus" when he is taken into detention after an 8am Saturday interview with immigration officials.

Wood proposed a hearing to consider overturning the cancellation on Sunday, arguing that every minute before the start of the Australian Open is "precious" to his client.

Judge Anthony Kelly made a series of orders including that Djokovic could be taken into detention after interview, and escorted by Border Force officials to his lawyers officers from 10am to 2pm on Saturday and again from 9am on Sunday.

Morrison said he would not comment further “ due to the expected ongoing legal proceedings ”.

The delegate concluded that, since he was unvaccinated, Djokovic posed a risk to public health.

Der Spiegel also claimed anomalies suggested the positive result could have been negative or dated 26 December.

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