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POLITICO politico.eu 10 Jan, 2022 08:00 am

Novak Djokovic wins appeal against Australian deportation – POLITICO

Novak Djokovic wins appeal against Australian deportation – POLITICO
But tennis star’s legal saga could continue, with immigration minister considering whether to exercise his personal power to cancel the visa.

The Serbian player, a prominent coronavirus vaccine-skeptic, had been in immigration detention in a hotel since Thursday, when Australian authorities attempted to boot him out of the country due to issues with his visa and COVID vaccination status on arrival in Melbourne for the Australian Open.1 ranked men’s singles player, is looking to defend his Australian Open title starting next Monday.The Australian Open, which the 34-year-old Djokovic has won nine times, starts on Monday, January 17.During the hearing, the Australian government acknowledged Djokovic had not been given enough time to respond following the notification of the intention to cancel his visa on Thursday morning at a Melbourne airport.

Djokovic could be banned from entering Australia for three years, should the Australian government make a second attempt to kick him out.But the legal saga could continue, with Australia’s Immigration and Citizenship Minister Alex Hawke considering whether to exercise his personal power to cancel the visa, Christopher Tran, a lawyer for the government, told the court.

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