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Talking point: Should Djokovic be allowed play in the Australian Open?

<p>Novak Djokovic’s visa has been cancelled by the Australian government again (John Walton/PA)</p>

Novak Djokovic’s visa has been cancelled by the Australian government again (John Walton/PA)

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14 January 2022
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he Novak Djokovic vaccine saga took another turn this week, when Australian immigration minister Alex Hawke moved to cancel the tennis star’s visa for a second time due to concerns over “the health, safety or good order of the Australian community.” This was after Djokovic originally had his visa cancelled at border control when he arrived in the country on 6 January, with this move later being overturned in the Australian court system.

Part of what may have gone against the Serb in this latest twist in the saga is his failure to declare that he had visited Spain in the two weeks prior to arriving the country, and his admission that he left isolation in his native country to attend an interview with L’Équipe when he was knowingly positive for Covid-19. Djokovic is appealing this latest decision, and Judge Anthony Kelly on Friday made a series of orders to try to have the case dealt with this weekend before the start of the Grand Slam tournament on Monday.

The 34-year-old tennis star is now expected to be held in custody in Saturday night, ahead of a possible court hearing on Sunday to determine the appeal.

What are your thoughts on the whole Djokovic vs Australia saga? Should the 34-year-old be allowed compete or is Australia right to clamp down on him again? Let us know your thoughts in the comments for the chance to be featured on the ES website tomorrow.