‘Rules are rules’ say Australians after Djokovic visa cancellation

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A person walks through Melbourne Park in the lead-up to the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, January 12, 2022.

A person walks through Melbourne Park in the lead-up to the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, January 12, 2022. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

MELBOURNE—Australian tennis fans at Melbourne Park said the country’s decision to cancel Novak Djokovic’s visa for a second time on Friday was the correct move, while an online poll showed that 90% of respondents agreed with the government.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used discretionary powers to cancel the visa of Djokovic, who is unvaccinated for COVID-19, after a court quashed an earlier revocation and released him from immigration detention on Monday.

“I do agree with what the government has done. Rules are rules. If you break the rules there are a lot of consequences,” Lou Ricciardi, a 68-year-old fashion agent from Adelaide who is in Melbourne with his family to watch the Australian Open qualifiers, told Reuters.

“It’s…

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