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Australian minister warns Novak Djokovic: ‘Will apply politics strictly’

While a decision to revoke Novak Djokovic’s residence permit is still a long way off, Australia’s finance minister has pointed out that entry rules must be clearly observed.

“This policy has not changed and we will continue to apply it strictly,” Simon Birmingham told ABC television.

According to this, only foreigners who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a valid medical exemption permit are allowed to enter Australia.

Djokovic, who is the record winner at the Australian Open with nine wins and wants to defend his title from Monday, also trained on Friday at Melbourne Park. Despite a partial victory in court on Monday, the Serbian tennis star still has to fear that his visa will be withdrawn again and that he will not be able to play the Australian Open.

The world number one is not vaccinated and only refers to the fact that he survived a corona infection in mid-December when he received his exemption.

Immigration Secretary Alex Hawke must decide whether to cancel the visa again. According to Australian media reports, Djokovic’s lawyers are already preparing to challenge another withdrawal of the Grand Slam record champion’s visa.

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