Unvaccinated Serb tennis ace Novak Djokovic faces a three-year ban after his visa was again revoked Friday by Australian authorities.
Earlier this week on Monday, a court in Melbourne upheld the Australia Open defending champion’s appeal against the cancellation of his visa.
Djokovic, who has not had a Covid-19 jab, was immediately released from a detention centre after the ruling and allowed entry to the country.
Although the Serb met the requirements for jab exemptions, disputed declarations of his travel sparked a new controversy after the star admitted there was an error on his application.
On Friday Australia revoked Djokovic’s visa for a second time in a row over his right to remain in the country unvaccinated.
The BBC reports that the decision by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke on “health and good order” grounds means he could be deported.
However, the 34-year-old Serbian can still launch another legal challenge to remain in Australia.
The men’s tennis number one was scheduled to play in the Australian Open, which begins on Monday.
“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,” the minister said in a statement.
The move also means Djokovic likely faces a three-year ban on obtaining a new Australian visa – although this can be waived.