Novak Djokovic was released in Melbourne and could contest the Australian Open. Judge Kelly released the Serbian and left everything in the hands of an immigration minister who could deliberately expel the tennis player.
Novak Djokovic has been released after the order issued by Judge Anthony Kelly, who has not found sufficient reasons to deny the visa to the number 1 in the tennis world.
The judicial process, however, may not be over and the Serbian could still be left without contesting the Australian Open because of his stance on vaccination against COVID.
Since being barred from entering the country, the Serbian tennis player has been convinced that the decision to cancel his visa was taken by people of higher rank than officials at the airport where he was held.
Novak Djokovic's Father Urges People Around the World to Rise Up and Fight for Their Freedom pic.twitter.com/GbLY6ZZ59J
— Luke Rudkowski (@Lukewearechange) January 9, 2022
Novak Djokovic wrote that he told the official that Tennis Australia had granted him a medical exemption and that the Victorian government had backed him to compete in the Australian Open because he had recently recovered from COVID-19.
The Serbian tested positive on December 16 and had a negative PCR test on December 22. In the middle and being infected, he visited a children’s hospital and had a photo session for L’Equipe. All without using a mask.
Djokovic got COVID then apparently carried on as normal, hugging children. Unless his team can explain that, he should not be allowed to play tennis in a country where borders have been closed and families kept apart . He is not an exception.
— Adil Ray OBE (@adilray) January 10, 2022
Hundreds of fans in Melbourne continue to show their support for the world number 1. In fact, ‘impromptu’ tennis matches are seen while waiting for the final resolution.
Despite the judge’s decision, the Minister of Immigration is the one who has the last word on the player’s visa: the law allows the Minister to cancel a visa if he believes that the person represents a risk to “health, safety or good health. Australian community order or a segment of the Australian community “or the” health or safety of an individual or individuals “.
I’m pleased and grateful that the Judge overturned my visa cancellation. Despite all that has happened,I want to stay and try to compete @AustralianOpen
I remain focused on that. I flew here to play at one of the most important events we have in front of the amazing fans. ? pic.twitter.com/iJVbMfQ037
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) January 10, 2022
Should he withdraw his visa again, the player could face a period of three years without re-entering Australia.
Novak Djokovic came out of detention and automatically showed up to train. The Serbian was at Australia’s early morning at the Melbourne facilities to shorten preparation times for the Grand Slam.
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