Serbian player Novak Djokovic was placed in detention this Saturday, January 15 morning, according to local media. A procedural hearing is due to take place in the morning, pending the final decision on a possible expulsion this Sunday by a federal court, 24 hours before the start of the Australian Open.
The Serbian tennis player, unvaccinated against Covid-19, continued to train on Friday in the hope of winning a 10th Australian Open title, and a 21st Grand Slam victory, which would be a record.
However, at the end of the day, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke canceled the Serb’s Australian visa for the second time “on health and public order grounds”.
“Australians have made many sacrifices during this pandemic and rightly want the outcome of those sacrifices to be protected,” said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
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Thus, Novak Djokovic will only be authorized to leave the detention center to follow, online, the legal hearings concerning him from the offices of his lawyers, and under the surveillance of border police officers.
This is the second time the Australian government has attempted to deport Djokovic from the country. The player was blocked upon his arrival in Australia on January 5 and placed in administrative detention for the first time because he hoped to benefit from an exemption to enter the country without being vaccinated, after contracting the virus in December. However, the authorities did not accept this explanation.
On Saturday, Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal lashed out at his rival, saying “the Australian Open is far more important than any player”, while saying he “disagrees with a lot of things he’s been up to for the past two weeks.