Just before 11 pm Norwegian time, Novak Djokovic (34) was returned to custody and in a meeting with Australian border police. The hearing that was to take place tonight Norwegian time has been postponed until Sunday.
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Then it will be decided whether he can play the Australian Open, which starts next Monday.
Djokovic meets with Australian authorities before his case to stay in the country will be heard in a federal court in Australia later tonight Norwegian time.
Judge David O’Callaghan is now looking into the case, before a hearing starts at 0015 Norwegian time. Then it’s 1015 in Melbourne.
The case is now being heard at a higher level in the Australian judiciary than the previous hearing.
After Immigration Minister Alex Hawke canceled Djokovic’s visa Friday morning Norwegian time, the Serbian tennis player asked for an urgent treatment in Australian law.
“Today I used my power to cancel the visa held by Novak Djokovic on the grounds of health and good order, and that it was in the public interest to do so,” Hawke said in a statement according to the Australian newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald.
There has been complete confusion with quarantine hotels, lawyers, court hearings and statements by ministers from Serbia and Australia, tennis colleagues and mamma Dijana Djokovic after non-vaccinated Djokovic landed in Melbourne on 5 January.
– He makes the majority of us look like idiots, said world celebrants Stefanos Tsitsipas Thursday.
Djokovic, the world number one in tennis, has earned 1.3 billion in prize money alone so far in his career. He was to play for his 21st Grand Slam title and his 10th title at the Australian Open, which starts next Monday. With a victory in the Australian Open, he will become the most winning tennis player of all time.
This has happened since Djokovic boarded the plane in Spain:
January 4: Djokovic says on Instagram that he travels to Australia with a permit for an exemption, which refers to corona rules:
January 5th: Djokovic arrives in Melbourne from Spain. He is interviewed by border guards.
6th January: He is deprived of his visa and transported to a quarantine hotel, the Park Hotel in Melbourne. Prime Minister Scott Morrison told a news conference that the corona in the last six months is not enough for a quarantine-free arrival in the country.
10. January: It’s a hearing for Djokovic. The judge decides that Djokovic can be released from the quarantine hotel, but also makes it clear that the Minister of Immigration has the right to deport Djokovic. The interviews with the border police are published.
11th January: Australian border police are investigating whether Djokovic provided false information before arriving in Australia.
January 12: Djokovic says his support staff has provided additional information. Australian border police are investigating conditions surrounding the positive test in December.
13th January: Djokovic is drawn against compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round of the Australia Open.
January 14: Australia’s immigration minister, Alex Hawke, withdraws Djokovic’s visa for the Australia Open.