Australia’s Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has used his ministerial powers to personally cancel Novak Djokovic’s visa, after the world No. 1 tennis player won a court case earlier this week against the cancellation of his entry visa.

It is the second time Djokovic’s visa has been canceled since he arrived in Melbourne last week to defend his Australian Open title.

Alex Hawke’s full statement:

Australia’s Immigration Minister has cancelled Djokovic’s visa “on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so.”

Djokovic’s lawyers are expected to appeal the cancelation in the Federal Circuit and Family Court as they successfully did after the first cancellation. However, the timing of the decision by the Immigration Minister may make that difficult given that the tournament is due to start in just three days.

The 34-year-old Serbian could be held in detention in Melbourne while the Australian Open goes on without him.

Protests have been predicted and the federal government can expect an international backlash in response to its decision, particularly from Serbia.

A video by Guardian Sport on how Djokovic’s​ visa​ controversy has unfolded so far:

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