Novak Djokovic headed back to court to halt Australian deportation

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Novak Djokovic shall be at middle court 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 at 9:30 am ( 4:30 pm Saturday EST) the place his attorneys will attraction what they known 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 develop into probably the most profitable tennis participant in historical past with 21 Grand Slam titles.

If he loses the attraction, he faces deportation and a 3 12 months ban from coming 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 stated he had “failed to provide appropriate evidence” for a vaccine exemption. Djokovic, who examined constructive for COVID twice, most lately in mid December, was detained at an immigration resort till a decide overturned the revocation as a result of border guards had not adopted right 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 parking zone en route to detention.
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Djokovic seen practicing in Melbourne on Jan. 12.
Novak Djokovic seen practices in Melbourne on Jan. 12.
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Two cars transporting the tennis star seen on Jan. 15.
Djokovic is transported by automotive on Jan. 15.
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But on Friday, Australia’s immigration minister Alex Hawke used government powers to cancel the visa underneath 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 stated that Djokovic’s presence Down Under “may foster anti-vaccination sentiment” and trigger civil unrest.

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