Novak Djokovic visa cancelled and may be ‘on next flight home’ from Australia

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Novak Djokovic could be forced to fly out of Australia without even leaving the airport following an extraordinary row over his visa after he told fans he had received vaccine exemption permission.

The Serbian touched down on Wednesday after telling his social media followers that he had received exemption proof that would allow him to get down to work in the state of Victoria – but his visa was later cancelled after his arrival.

Their rules say that people have to be jabbed in order to work, but there are exceptions with medical exemption, with Djokovic refusing to reveal his vaccine status.

However, since Djokovic arrived in the country on Wednesday, he had been held by officials due to an error a member of his team – before the visa was rejected.

Oliver Brown of The Telegraph reported that Djokovic had his visa cancelled on Wednesday afternoon, after saying that the world No.1 could well be on the next flight home.

Greg Hunt, Australia's health minister, has confirmed Djokovic failed to provide 'appropriate standards of proof' to enter the country and that he will be sent home.

Local outlet The Age say that the lawyers of the tennis star were in the process of an appeal, with his chances of winning the tournament for a 10th time, and fourth time in a row, looking bleak.

That update came after Djokovic had been in detention for more than six hours, with his father Srdjan Dokovic lashing out.

Djokovic's dad said: "They are holding my son captive.

"If they don't release him in the next half an hour, we will fight them on the street."

Djokovic had written on Monday: "Happy New Year, everybody! Wishing you all health, love, and happiness in every present moment and may you feel love & respect towards all beings on this wonderful planet.

"I’ve spent fantastic quality time with my loved ones over the break and today I’m heading Down Under with an exemption permission.

"Let’s go 2022!!"

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