Visa decision still looming for Djokovic

The decision on whether Australia’s immigration minister, Novak Djokovic, will revoke his visa, will continue to another day, as uncertainty shrouds the tennis star.

This comes after World No. 1 was selected in the Australian Open draw, where he will face fellow Serbian Miomir Kikmanovic in the first round.

The announcement of the draw on Thursday was delayed for more than an hour as speculation continued over Djokovic’s future at a Grand Slam.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has yet to make a decision on using his discretionary powers to deport the Serbian tennis player.

When asked if Djokovic would revoke his visa, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there was no change in the issue.

“I will refer to Mr. Hook’s most recent statement, and that position has not changed,” Morrison told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.

“These are personal ministerial powers, which can be exercised by Secretary Hook, and I do not intend to make any further comment at this time.”

While the prime minister did not comment on Djokovic’s personal circumstances, he later said Australia’s border policy had not changed since it reopened to international travelers in December last year.

“The individual must prove that they have been vaccinated twice, or they must provide acceptable evidence that they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons,” Mr. Morrison said.

“This is the policy, and we expect the authorities to implement the government’s policy when it comes to these matters.”

Djokovic trained at Rod Laver Arena on Thursday, ahead of the Australian Open that begins on Monday.

It comes as Spanish officials are also investigating Serbs over possible border violations.

Djokovic traveled to Spain in late December to train ahead of the Grand Slam.

However, travelers from Serbia have been required to show a certificate of vaccination or have a valid medical exemption to enter Spain.

His trip to Spain also dumped Djokovic in Australia.

The Serbian star wrote on his travel authorization form that he had not traveled to other countries in the two weeks prior to his trip to Australia.

Djokovic has been seen training in Spain, with footage emerging on social media of him playing tennis in Serbia, both in a 14-day span.

The tennis star said on social media earlier this week that an agent had misfilled an authorization form.

The tennis star will contend for his 21st Grand Slam title, if Djokovic is allowed to compete.

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Andrew Naughtie

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