Number 1 tennis star Novak Djokovic is having a tough time with Australian immigration officials. The player was sent back to a detention hotel as the visa battle with the Australian government continued on Saturday. With a failed attempt to deport the 34-year-old unvaccinated from the country, Australia’s conservative government is trying again, calling the tennis star a threat to public order that could spark “civil unrest” – Playon99 News
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Tennis World No. 1 player has been seen fighting back, with a new federal court of appeal on Sunday, a day before the Australian Open, and Novak Djokovic’s own title defense about to begin. The Serbian ace is back at the infamous Melbourne Immigration Detention Facility after just days of freedom following his first successful court appeal against the original decision to revoke his visa on January 5.
To millions around the world, the Serbian star is known as a gangly all-conquering tennis champion with a brutal backhand and his anti-vaccination stance. In court filings, Australia has taken them as an amulet to be a catalyst for potential ‘civil unrest’, which should be removed in the public interest. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke argued that Novak Djokovic was promoting anti-vaccination sentiment, whose visa should be revoked immediately.
In just two days, the Australian Open begins, where the tennis ace is unfortunately seen more on the law court than on the tennis court. The cancellation of the visa means Novak Djokovic will be barred from obtaining a new Australian visa for three years, except in exceptional circumstances, barring him from one of the four Grand Slam tournaments.
The Serbian tennis star was seen being taken inside the Park hotel complex in Carlton, Melbourne on Saturday afternoon, where she should remain until her federal court’s appeal is heard on Sunday morning.
It is expected that the champion player, who has polarized views around the world, will spend at least one more night in the infamous detention center with asylum seekers.
On Saturday, he spoke with immigration officials at an undisclosed location at 8 am. The border officials later detained the 34-year-old following a court-ordered arrangement. Djokovic’s lawyers then presented their arguments at 10.15 a.m. in their attorney’s offices during an online federal court hearing, presided over by Judge David O’Callaghan.
His high-powered legal team is expected to have a more difficult time reversing the latest visa ban, as they did on 10 January, when an Australian Border Force officer first detained him.
After months of speculation whether Djokovic would be vaccinated to play in Australia, he used a medical exemption to enter the country a week earlier, hoping to challenge for a record 21st Grand Slam title at the Open. Scott Morrison’s government revoked the tennis player’s visa on arrival amidst the public disagreement, but the government reinstated Djokovic’s visa when a judge and allowed him to remain in the country. The court’s verdict favoring Novak was a big slap to slap to the Australian government.
The Australian government has this time invoked extraordinary a very difficult to challenge executive powers, declaring him a danger to public safety and health.
Experts say the matter has taken on a significance beyond the fate of a man who happens to be good at tennis.
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