Member of Parliament warns Minister of Immigration, Alex Hawk against cancellation of Novak Djokovic Visa

Australian member of Parliament, John Alexander has warned against cancellation of Novak Djokovic's visa.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic was a free man once again on Monday, as the court hearing went in his favor. The judge asked Novak Djokovic to be released from detention and his visa be reinstated. This means that unless, Minister of Immigration, Alex Hawk uses his special power and re-cancels Novak Djokovic’s visa, he will most likely play the Australian Open 2022.

Australian Parliament member from the Liberal Party, John Alexander believes that it would be a misstep to cancel the Serbian’s visa once again. He warned the Immigration minister of the consequences of doing the same, which would affect the status of the country.

Upon being asked whether the decision to cancel Novak Djokovic’s visa would be a misstep, Daniel Alexander stated that it certainly would be. “In my opinion, it would be,” Alexander opined as quoted by Sportklub.

Novak Djokovic met the conditions set out by Tennis Australia: John Alexander

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic with his team at Melbourne Park

John Alexander believes that Novak Djokovic was not at fault in the entire situation, as he met the requirements set out by Tennis Australia. Hence, the politician believes it would be a real shame that a player like Novak Djokovic’s status is denied the opportunity to play at Australian Open 2022, despite adhering to the rules.

“If the Australian Open creates conditions that people meet, and then they are not allowed to come, despite fulfilling those conditions, it will certainly not help our status,” he added.

As of Tuesday, Novak Djokovic has been already confirmed as the number one seed at the Australian Open 2022. It looks increasingly likely that the Serbian will fight for a record 10th title in Melbourne, starting next week.

Novak Djokovic has won three consecutive Australian Open titles, as he thrashed Daniil Medvedev in the finals in straight sets in 2021. A title in Melbourne will take him major tally to 21, one more than his rivals, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

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