Novak Djokovic receives first negative signals as Australian Open ban remains unclear

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    Novak Djokovic has received his first negative signs as he waits to learn whether his three-year ban from entering Australia will be lifted. The world No 7 was deported from the country at the start of this year, earning him an automatic three-year ban from returning, and a politician has now claimed that the immigration system must “be protected” in a hint that Djokoic may not have his ban removed.

    Djokovic had his visa cancelled twice when he first arrived in Australia nine months ago as a result of his unvaccinated status, with the jab required for all people entering the country. He successfully appealed the first time but had it rejected the second time because his presence could “excite anti-vax sentiment”.

    While travellers no longer need to be vaccinated to enter Australia, the 35-year-old has automatically been banned from returning to the country until 2025 as a result of having his visa revoked. Djokovic is now waiting to learn whether the ban will be lifted so he can play the Australian Open in three months’ time.

    But he has now received the first signs that things may not go as hoped, as Australian politician Dan Tehan admitted that the country’s immigration system needed to be protected even though he wanted to see Djokovic playing again. “As a tennis lover, I’d love to see him there,” he told Sky News Australia.

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