The decision was long overdue. The Australian government announced on Friday, after days of procrastination, the cancellation of Novak Djokovic’s visa. The 34-year-old Serb continued to train in Melbourne on Friday in hopes of securing a 10th Australian Open title, which starts on Monday, and a 21st Grand Slam victory, which would be a record. But Australian Conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison has found himself under fire for delaying his decision on whether or not to expel the unvaccinated champion.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used his personal power to cancel Novak Djokovic’s visa, citing in a statement “health and good order reasons”. A few hours before, the Deputy Prime Minister of the State of Victoria, James Merlino, considered that the uncertain situation of the Serbian player did not harm Melbourne’s reputation. “Melbourne and the State of Victoria have for decades been very proud to organize major events at world level,” he said at a press conference on the health situation.