Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Novak Djokovic visa cancellation “protects” Australian COVID-19 sacrifices.
After being granted a medical exemption for the Australian Open, Djokovic made the trip to Australia.
After landing in Australia, Djokovic’s visa was cancelled by the Australian Border Force and he was placed in detention.
Djokovic appealed the decision and his visa court hearing took place on Monday.
The judge ruled in Djokovic’s favor as he reinstated the visa of the Serb.
However, that wasn’t the end of the Djokovic visa saga as Djokovic and those close to hear feared Immigration Minister Alex Hawke would use his powers to revoke the visa of the Serb.
On Friday, Hawke announced his decision to cancel the visa of the world No. 1.
Prime Minister releases a statement on the Djokovic visa situation
“Our strong border protection policies have kept Australians safe, prior to Covid and now during the pandemic,” Morrison said in a statement.
“I note the Minister for Immigration’s decision in relation to Novak Djokovic’s visa.
“I understand that following careful consideration, action has been taken by the Minister to cancel mr Djokovic’s visa on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so.
“This pandemic has been incredibly difficult for every Australian but we have stuck together and saved lives and livelihoods.
“Together we have achieved on the of the lowest death rates, strongest economies and highest vaccinations, in the world.
“Australians have made many sacrifices during this pandemic and they right expect the result of those sacrifices to be protected.
“This is what the minister is doing in taking this action today.
“Our strong border protection policies have kept Australians safe, prior to Covid and now during the pandemic.
“Due to the expected ongoing legal proceedings, I will not be providing any further comment.”
Djokovic is a record nine-time Australian Open champion and he has won the tournament’s last three editions.