Novak Djokovic going to court docket to halt Australia deportation


Novak Djokovic shall be at heart court docket Sunday in Australia — to face a panel of federal judges who will resolve if he shall be deported over failure to adjust to Australia’s strict vaccination guidelines for COVID-19.

Djokovic, 34, is scheduled to seem in a Melbourne court docket at 9:30 am ( 4:30 pm Saturday EST) the place his attorneys will enchantment what they referred to as “an irrational decision” to revoke his visa for a second time, a day earlier than the opening of the Australian Open.

if Djokovic wins the event he would turn into essentially the most profitable tennis participant in historical past with 21 Grand Slam titles.

If he loses the enchantment, he faces deportation and a 3 12 months ban from getting into the nation.

The tennis ace is at the moment in detention at a Melbourne resort.

Djokovic’s visa was first revoked on Jan. 6, shortly after he arrived in Melbourne. Border authorities mentioned he had “failed to provide appropriate evidence” for a vaccine exemption. Djokovic, who examined optimistic for COVID twice, most not too long ago in mid December, was detained at an immigration resort till a decide overturned the revocation as a result of border guards had not adopted appropriate procedures.

Members of the media try to photograph the player in the parking lot en route to detention.Members of the media attempt to {photograph} Djokovic within the car parking zone en path to detention.EPADjokovic seen practicing in Melbourne on Jan. 12. Novak Djokovic seen practices in Melbourne on Jan. 12. APTwo cars transporting the tennis star seen on Jan. 15.Djokovic is transported by automotive on Jan. 15.AFP by way of Getty Images

But on Friday, Australia’s immigration minister Alex Hawke used government powers to cancel the visa beneath Australia’s Migration Act, which permits authorities to deport anybody they deem a possible threat to “the health, safety or good order of the Australian community.”

Hawke mentioned that Djokovic’s presence Down Under “may foster anti-vaccination sentiment” and trigger civil unrest.

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