Djokovic wins deportation delay after Australia cancels visa


MELBOURNE: Tennis world primary Novak Djokovic gained a short lived reprieve in his deportation from Australia on Thursday (Jan 6), however was set to spend the evening in an immigration detention facility as he fights to remain in the country.

The vaccine-sceptic Serbian was detained at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport having did not “provide appropriate evidence” of double vaccination, or a medical exemption wanted to enter the nation.

Djokovic jetted into Australia on Wednesday hoping to defend his Australian Open crown and seal an unprecedented twenty first Grand Slam title.

Instead of a champion’s welcome, he was questioned on the airport in a single day earlier than having his visa revoked and being transferred to a Melbourne immigration detention facility pending deportation.

After an emergency on-line courtroom enchantment, a decide ordered that the controversial star wouldn’t be faraway from Australia earlier than Monday, when a final hearing is scheduled to start.

With scarcely 10 days earlier than the event, it stays removed from clear that Djokovic will have the ability to play, even when he wins in courtroom.

Judge Anthony Kelly warned that justice would transfer at its personal tempo by way of all obligatory appeals. “The tail won’t be wagging the dog here,” he warned the star’s legal professionals.


For months there had been hypothesis about whether or not Djokovic would play within the Jan 17-30 event, given Australia’s inflexible border guidelines.

The 34-year-old has refused to disclose his vaccination standing, however has beforehand voiced opposition to being jabbed. He has contracted COVID-19 at the least as soon as.

Then this week a jubilant Djokovic boasted on Instagram that he had scored an surprising medical exemption to play.

That transfer prompted widespread outcry in Australia, the place many residents have been unable to journey or welcome household from abroad for the final two years.

Conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison – below extra strain from hovering COVID-19 case numbers and the collapse of the once-excellent testing system – defended revoking Djokovic’s visa on the final minute.

“Rules are rules and there are no special cases,” he stated.

Officials didn’t say precisely what proof Djokovic did not current, however medical exemptions should be accompanied by particulars of a health care provider’s session and clear causes for not getting the vaccine.

Rafael Nadal – who like Djokovic and Roger Federer has a record-equalling 20 Grand Slam wins – stated his rival should face the results of not being vaccinated.

“He made his own decisions, and everybody is free to take their own decisions, but then there are some consequences,” the Spaniard stated.

But Djokovic’s therapy prompted fury amongst his followers and a fiercely worded rebuke from Serbia’s president.

“What is not fair-play is the political witch hunt (being conducted against Novak), by everybody including the Australian Prime Minister pretending that the rules apply to all,” stated president Aleksandar Vucic.

In the Serbian capital Belgrade, Djokovic’s father Srdjan led a demonstration in entrance of the nation’s parliament.

“Jesus was crucified and endured many things but is still alive among us,” stated Srdjan.

“Novak is also crucified … the best sportsman in the world. He will endure.”


Djokovic is now believed to be on the Park Hotel, which the Australian authorities phrases an “Alternative Place of Detention”.

As phrase of his arrival unfold, Serbian flag-festooned supporters, anti-vaccine campaigners, refugee advocates and police descended on the already controversial facility.

Veronica Michich stated she was there to indicate help for Djokovic, whom she described as a beacon of hope for post-war Serbia.

“We see him as a hero. He put Serbia back on the map, because Serbia was always portrayed, we were the aggressive ones, we were the attackers.”

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