Australian Open: Novak Djokovic's visa cancelled for second time, as Grand Slam looms

Novak Djokovic's visa has been cancelled for a second time, courtesy of Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke.

Minister Hawke confirms Djokvic's visa has been cancelled again, after the original cancellation was overturned on Monday.

The cancellation could lead to another court challenge from Djokovic, but time is against the 34-year-old, with the first round of the Australian Open looming on Monday.

"Today, I exercised my power under section 133C(3) of the Migration Act 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," Hawke says.

"This decision followed orders by the Federal Circuit and Family Court on January 10, 2022, quashing a prior cancellation decision on procedural fairness grounds.

"In making this decision, I carefully considered information provided to me by the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border Force and Mr Djokovic.

"The Morrison Government is firmly committed to protecting Australia's borders in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic."

Under the Australia's Migration Act, Djokovic could not secure a visa to return to the country for three years, except in compelling circumstances that affect its interest.

The world No.1's time in Australia has been turbulent, since he was detained at the border last week shortly after his arrival in Melbourne.

Djokovic arrived in Australia under the assumption he had a medical exemption from being vaccinated against COVID-19, a prerequisite for all players competing in this month's Australian Open.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner was detained in an Australian immigration hotel, before the decision to cancel Djokovic's visa was overturned on Monday.

Victory at the Australian Open would see Djokovic overtake both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most Grand Slam titles by a men's player, all currently holding 20 each.

But that attempt may now have to wait until May at the earliest, should Djokovic compete at the French Open.