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northernirelandworld.com 15 Jan, 2022 11:30 am

Novak Djokovic back in immigration detention ahead of visa appeal hearing

Novak Djokovic back in immigration detention ahead of visa appeal hearing
Novak Djokovic is back in immigration detention in Australia ahead of his appeal against the re-cancellation of his visa on Sunday (16 January) morning.

The minister also dismissed Djokovic’s arguments that the cancellation of his visa would either be seen as politically motivated or jeopardise the viability of the country hosting the Australian Open.Djokovic's lawyers had been pushing for a hearing to take place on Sunday, in the hope of a decision being made before the Australian Open begins.The 34 year-old is due to play his first-round match at the Australian Open against fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic on Monday.The decision to re-cancel his visa means Djokovic faces a three-year ban from Australia, which could mean he never plays at the Australian Open again - although that can be waived.

The situation has also sparked frustration among other players after the saga has overshadowed the Australian Open."Australian Open is much more important than any player.

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