Tennis Australia Feared Letting Djokovic Stay Would Fuel Antivaccine Sentiment

Tennis Australia Feared Letting Djokovic Stay Would Fuel Antivaccine Sentiment

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SYDNEY—Australia’s decision to cancel tennis star Novak Djokovic’s visa for a second time was driven by fear that letting him stay could foster antivaccine sentiment during a surge in Covid-19 cases, court documents show.

Immigration minister Alex Hawke didn’t dispute Djokovic’s claim of a medical exemption from rules that travelers to Australia must be vaccinated against Covid-19, according to documents made public Saturday. Hawke, who canceled Djokovic’s visa on Friday, said allowing the player to stay could sway some Australians against getting vaccinated.

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