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Aussies Are Hoping Channel 7's Border Security Show Does An Episode On Novak Djokovic

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Aussies Are Hoping Channel 7's Border Security Show Does An Episode On Novak Djokovic

By Stewart Perrie

With the news that Novak Djokovic has been denied entry to Australia and had his visa cancelled, many Aussies are hoping the tennis star will end up on the telly.

But these viewers aren't calling for him to be featured on Channel 7's coverage of the Australian Open, which is why the world number one player came Down Under in the first place.

Instead they're hoping Channel 7's other programme, Border Security: Australia's Front Line, will do a big episode on him.

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The TV series follows Australian Border Force officers checking through people's bags at Aussie airports and assessing whether they're allowed to come into the country.

Officers are usually on the lookout for forbidden fruit and vegetables as well as people with dodgy visas.

But now they have one hell of an episode on their hands after Djokovic was asked to present documentation that backed up his medical exemption for being allowed to play in the Australian Open without being vaccinated against the coronavirus.

He was officially told this morning (January 6) that his visa was being cancelled and that he would likely be deported in the next few days.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has revealed that Djokovic never had a proper medical exemption to come to Australia and play at the the Grand Slam.

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"I want to thank the Border Force officers for doing their job implementing the Government's policies ... entry with a visa requires double vaccination, or a medical exemption," he said.

"I am advised that such an exemption was not in place, and as a result he is subject to the same rule as anyone else.

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"I also want to stress, that ultimately, this is the responsibility of the traveller. It is for the traveller to be able to assert and back up their ability to come into the country consistent with our laws.

"They can take advice, but it is up to them at the end of the day, and if they do not comply with the rules, that the Australian Border Force will do their job, and they have done their job.

"This is nothing about any one individual, it is simply a matter of following the rules, and so those processes will take their course, over the next few hours, and that event will play out as it should."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy/Ch7

Topics: Tennis news, vaccine, Australian Open, Novak Djokovic, Australia, Covid-19

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