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erienewsnow.com 14 Jan, 2022 16:45 am

Novak Djokovic to be detained Saturday, ahead of new court hearing - Erie News Now

Novak Djokovic to be detained Saturday, ahead of new court hearing - Erie News Now
By Helen Regan, Hilary Whiteman and Hannah Ritchie, CNN

The world's top-ranked male tennis player's hopes of contesting the Australian Open and win a record 21st grand slam are now hanging by a thread as his legal team fights to keep him in the country.On Friday, the state of Victoria -- home to Melbourne where the Australian Open is being held -- reported 34,836 cases, with a record 976 people hospitalized with Covid-19.Despite his visa being canceled once again, experts say it is still possible Djokovic could be released on another visa to contest the Australian Open.1 tennis player in detention whilst the Australian Open is on, maybe the government would relent and let him out on a bridging visa," said Abul Rizvi, a former deputy secretary with the immigration department.

That's what my kids have done," he said, adding the Australian Open was bigger than one player and the issue far bigger than one person.Djokovic's case to stay in Australia will be heard on Saturday before the country's Federal Court following an emergency hearing before judge Anthony Kelly in the Federal Circuit and Family Court on Friday.

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