Djokovic escorted by immigration officers to hearing to decide Australian fate

Djokovic escorted by immigration officers to hearing to decide Australian fate

16/1/2022 2:31:00 AM

Djokovic escorted by immigration officers to hearing to decide Australian fate

MELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic left a hotel for asylum seekers on Sunday (Jan 16) morning headed for a federal court hearing that will decide once and for all whether he can stay in Australia and defend his Open title. Djokovic was driven out of the hotel, accompanied by Australian immigration officers at about

After a rollercoaster 10 days in the country that saw the Serbian champion detained by immigration authorities, released and then detained again, his fate was in the hands of three judges presiding over the hearing scheduled to begin at 9.30am.A judge

use of discretionary powers to cancel his visa"TIRED OF THE SITUATION"Djokovic's lawyers said they would argue that deportation would only further fan anti-vaccine sentiment and would be as much a threat to disorder and public health as letting him stay.

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Australian court sets hearing of Novak Djokovic's visa caseSYDNEY: An Australian court set the hearing over Novak Djokovic\u0027s visa cancellation case on Sunday (Jan 16) at 9.30am local time as the world number 1 tennis player fights to overturn the decision by the Australian government to remove him from the country. Justice David O\u0027Callaghan said on Satur Depot the Serb before he continues to infect Australia! This is exhausting Time to go home! Enough of drama already. When you violate the country’s immigration law and still get to stay and play, that will set off a president for all future violations that Australia have to unnecessarily deal with!

Novak Djokovic's Australian Open bid in doubt again after government cancels visa for second timeNovak Djokovic is out of the Australian Open, once again, after immigration minister Alex Hawke cancelled his visa.

Djokovic has been asked to meet immigration officials on Saturday - The AgeMELBOURNE : Novak Djokovic has been asked to present himself for an interview with Australian immigration officials on Saturday and will remain out of detention until then, The Age newspaper reported on Friday after his visa was cancelled for a second time by the government.The government is currently ta What chaos. They gotto let me him play in peace Nope! I wanna Watch the Open! 😆🕺 He can play from hotel

Australian government cancels Novak Djokovic's visa againMELBOURNE: The Australian government cancelled Novak Djokovic\u0027s visa for a second time on Friday (Jan 14), saying the world tennis number 1, who is unvaccinated for COVID-19, may pose a risk to the community. The decision raises the prospect of a second court battle by the Serbian tennis star to This will cause a stir world wide

Djokovic waits on Australian government visa decision as Open nearsMELBOURNE : World tennis number one Novak Djokovic was waiting on Friday to hear whether the Australian government will cancel his visa for a second time, as he bids for a record 21st major tennis title at the Australian Open starting on Monday.Djokovic, the defending champion, was included in Thursday's

Djokovic waits on Australian government visa decision as Open nearsMELBOURNE: World tennis number one Novak Djokovic was waiting on Friday (Jan 14) to hear whether the Australian government will cancel his visa for a second time, as he bids for a record 21st major tennis title at the Australian Open starting on Monday. Djokovic, the defending champion, was

LinkedIn MELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic left a hotel for asylum seekers on Sunday (Jan 16) morning headed for a federal court hearing that will decide once and for all whether he can stay in Australia and defend his Open title. Djokovic was driven out of the hotel, accompanied by Australian immigration officers at about 8.30am local time (5.30am, Singapore time). After a rollercoaster 10 days in the country that saw the Serbian champion detained by immigration authorities, released and then detained again, his fate was in the hands of three judges presiding over the hearing scheduled to begin at 9.30am. The build-up to the Open tennis tournament, set to start on Monday, has been eclipsed by the drama over the unvaccinated star's bid to play. Spanish great Rafael Nadal, tied with Djokovic for 20 Grand Slam titles, was one of several top players in town who said they just wanted the circus to be over. Djokovic spent Saturday night at Melbourne's Park Hotel, returning to the same immigration detention hotel where he was held for four nights last week. A judge after finding the decision to cancel his visa on arrival had been unreasonable. Djokovic has declined to be vaccinated against coronavirus and had sought to enter the country with a medical exemption from rules mandating all visitors to be vaccinated. Djokovic is appealing Immigration Minister Alex Hawke's use of discretionary powers to cancel his visa again on the grounds that he was a threat to public order. The virtual hearing on Sunday is expected to pit lawyers for Djokovic and the government against each other in an argument over the number one tennis player's role in fanning anti-vaccine sentiment. "TIRED OF THE SITUATION" Court documents released after an initial court hearing on Saturday showed Hawke had justified his decision on the grounds that Djokovic's presence could whip up more anti-vaccination sentiment in Australia at a time that the country is in the midst of its worst outbreak of the virus. "Although I ... accept that Mr Djokovic poses a negligible individual risk of transmitting COVID-19 to other persons, I nonetheless consider that his presence may be a risk to the health of the Australian community," Hawke said in a letter to Djokovic and his legal team. Djokovic's lawyers said they would argue that deportation would only further fan anti-vaccine sentiment and would be as much a threat to disorder and public health as letting him stay. Djokovic's medical exemption from vaccine requirements to play in the Open prompted widespread anger in Australia, which has undergone some of the world's toughest COVID-19 lockdowns and where more than 90 per cent of adults are vaccinated, but where hospitalisation rates continue to hit record highs. The controversy over the tennis player has become a political touchstone for Prime Minister Scott Morrison as he prepares for an election due by May. His government has won support at home for its tough stance on border security during the pandemic, but it has faced criticism for its handling of Djokovic's visa application. Related: Australian Open draw shaken up with Djokovic visa cancellation Djokovic's leading rivals have become increasingly impatient with the uncertainty hanging over the draw and the cloud hanging over their sport. "Honestly I'm little bit tired of the situation because I just believe that it's important to talk about our sport, about tennis," Spaniard Rafa Nadal, who is tied on 20 major titles with Djokovic, told reporters at Melbourne Park, where the event will be played. German Alexander Zverev, the world number three, said Djokovic had been treated unfairly and that the Serb might have been used as a political pawn by Australian authorities, something Canberra has denied. "This is obviously not a nice thing for everyone, for him especially," Zverev said. But don't question his legacy because of this." Source: Reuters/dv