UPDATE: Djokovic visa denied
Updated: Jan 6
Novak Djokovic has had his Visa application denied by the Federal Government after arriving in Australia.
Djokovic is expected to be deported from Australia after being detained by Border Force officials.
In a statement, the ABF confirmed Djokovic did not meet the entry requirements and his visa was cancelled.
"Non-citizens who do not hold a valid visa on entry or who have had their visa cancelled will be detained and removed from Australia," the statement said.
Djokovic's team had all been allowed to enter the country.
TUESDAY - World number one Novak Djokovic is headed down under and will compete in the Australian Open.
Djokovic has been granted a medical exemption from the Victorian Government to compete at the event unvaccinated.
The Australian Open confirmed Djokovic had received a medical exemption in a statement released late on Tuesday night.
"One of those was the Independent Medical Exemption Review Panel appointed by the Victorian Department of Health. They assessed all applications to see if they met the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) guidelines," the statement read.
The Victorian government released a statement on Tuesday night saying that it had worked closely with Tennis Australia on setting up an "independent and rigorous process to assess requests for medical exemptions at the Australian Open".
"Any player who is granted a medical exemption will have gone through a two-stage, independent process to verify they have a genuine medical condition that meets the criteria for an exemption."
Djokovic has won the past three Australian Open men's singles titles and nine in total.