Novak Djokovic news: Serbian wins appeal against visa cancellation in Australia

Djokovic's visa was revoked by the Australian government shortly after he arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday to compete in the Australian Open.

World No 1 men's tennis player Novak Djokovic; Credit: Twitter/@DjokerNole

The Federal Circuit and Family Court in Melbourne overturned the Australian government’s decision to revoke Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic’s visa on Monday. After arriving in Australia for the Australian Open, Djokovic appealed the judgement, claiming that he had been granted an exemption from the Covid-19 immunisation. Djokovic’s passport and other travel documents were returned to him by Judge Anthony Kelly, rekindling the world number one’s chances of winning a record 21st Grand Slam championship at the 2019 Australian Open.

The Australian government’s lawyers, on the other hand, warned the court that the country’s immigration minister was reserving the authority to revoke Djokovic’s visa once more.

Since Thursday, Djokovic has been held in an immigration detention hotel among long-term asylum seekers. He was allowed to go to his lawyers’ offices for the virtual sessions, but he hasn’t been seen in public since arriving in Australia.

The 34-year-old Serbian’s visa was revoked by the Australian government shortly after he arrived in Melbourne late Wednesday to compete in the Australian Open because officials determined he didn’t meet the criteria for an exemption from the requirement that all non-citizens be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Djokovic, who according to court documents is unvaccinated, maintained that he did not need proof of vaccination because he had indications of coronavirus infection last month.

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Still not out of trouble

On Monday, Novak Djokovic won his appeal against his visa being revoked, and he was released from custody. Alex Hawke, the immigration minister, may still cancel the 34-year-visa, old’s with further information coming later. Djokovic supporters have gathered outside an office in Melbourne where he is thought to be speaking with his lawyers. The tennis player’s father and brother claim he was arrested, however these accusations are disputed and unsubstantiated.

People who have been infected with COVID-19 within the last six months are eligible for a temporary exemption from the vaccination requirement, according to Australian medical officials. Djokovic had given officials at Melbourne’s airport a medical exemption granted by Tennis Australia, which is organising the tournament that begins on January 17, as well as two medical panels, according to Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly.

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