Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates his victory over Croatia’s Marin Cilic in the second leg of the Davis Cup semifinals at the Madrid Arena on December 3, 2021.
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Tennis star Novak Djokovic won a court battle in Australia after his visa was canceled due to Covid-19 vaccination status prior to the Australian Open.
The 34-year-old Serbian citizen and the number one in the world, who arrived in Melbourne prior to the Australian Open, after arriving in Melbourne last week for violating the country’s strict immigration rules that require visitors to be vaccinated with Covid-19. I was detained at an immigration facility. Djokovic, skeptical of the vaccine, was revoked his visa and confiscated his passport after customs officers determined that he did not have sufficient medical justification for the vaccine exemption.
At an emergency virtual court hearing on Monday, federal judge Anthony Kelly spoke in Djokovic’s defense, demanding that athletes know what they could do to meet Australia’s immigration requirements. The government on Monday admitted that Djokovic and his team did not give enough time to respond after notifying them of the visa cancellation.
But the story isn’t over — the Australian Immigration Minister can personally intervene and cancel the visa for any new reason. If Minister Alex Hawke decides to take that action, Djokovic may face a new court battle and may be banned from playing tennis in Australia for up to three years.
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Australian judge overturns tennis star Novak Djokovic’s visa cancellation
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