Novak Djokovic Visa Cancelation: 3 Possible Outcomes for the Tennis Great Ahead of Australian Open 2022

Published 01/14/2022, 3:11 AM EST
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – Accor Arena, Paris, France – November 7, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


Shocking news came in from Australia as the Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke canceled Novak Djokovic’s visa once again. On Friday, the Australian minister released the news in a statement. According to the minister, he canceled Novak’s visa on the basis of public interest. 

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He said, “Today I exercised my power… 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.” 

Australian Government first canceled Novak’s visa upon his arrival on 6th January for not providing enough evidence about his nonvaccination. After a lot of court case drama about his visa cancellation, an Australian judge ordered his release from detention and that freed him to play in the Australian Open. After today’s statement, Djokovic’s chances to play in the Australian Open become very low.

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What can Novak Djokovic do in this situation?

The world no.1, Novak Djokovic, has three options in his hands. 

  1. He can simply accept the decision and go home without appealing.
  2. He can appeal against the decision. If he wins, he can play; however, he has to go home if he loses. 
  3. If he wins his case again, and the government appeals again, the case will be pending. With the case pending, he may not get the chance to play in the Australian Open. 

However, one major thing nobody should overlook is that if he loses, the government could ban the Serb from entering the country for three years, which will be devastating for him. 

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What’s next for the Australian Open?

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While all this is happening, the Australian open still has not removed Novak Djokovic from the draw. According to the draw, he is still playing in the first round on 17th January against Miomir Kecmanovic.

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic practices at Melbourne Park as questions remain over the legal battle regarding his visa to play in the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, January 13, 2022. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

In case Djokovic doesn’t play, Daniil Medvedev will become the top seed in the Australian Open and he will be the clear favorite to win the whole tournament. However, there’s still time ahead of the Grand Slam; only time will tell whether or not Djokovic appeals against the decision and gets to play in the Australian Open 2022.

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What will happen to Novak Djokovic? Let us know in the comments.

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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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