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Djokovic begins courtroom battle to remain in Australia after visa revoked – Nationwide

Djokovic begins courtroom battle to remain in Australia after visa revoked – Nationwide

The choose listening to Novak Djokovic’s authorized problem to the Australian authorities’s determination to revoke the star tennis participant’s entry visa raised issues on Monday in regards to the Serbian’s therapy after he was detained on arrival.

Choose Anthony Kelly mentioned it appeared Djokovic had acquired the required medical exemption from COVID-19 vaccination earlier than he traveled to Melbourne for the Australian Open tennis match and introduced proof of that when he landed on Wednesday night.

“The purpose that I’m considerably agitated about is what extra may this man have completed?” Kelly mentioned as Djokovic’s legal professionals outlined their case difficult the federal government’s determination to revoke his visa.

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Novak Djokovic examined constructive for COVID-19 final month, courtroom paperwork present

Djokovic’s plight has been carefully adopted all over the world, creating political tensions between Belgrade and Canberra and sparking heated debate over nationwide vaccination mandates.

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In danger is the world primary’s shot at successful a report twenty first Grand Slam on the Australian Open, the yr’s first main, which begins in Melbourne on Jan. 17.

Djokovic, 34, has been held in an immigration detention resort alongside long-term asylum seeker detainees since Thursday. He was permitted to attend his legal professionals’ chambers for the digital hearings however has not been seen in public since he arrived in Australia.

His legal professionals argue {that a} current COVID-19 an infection certified Djokovic for the medical exemption from a requirement for non-Australian residents getting into the nation to be double vaccinated.

The Australian authorities, nevertheless, says non-citizens had no proper of assured entry to Australia, questioned his claimed exemption and burdened that even Djokovic wins the courtroom motion, it reserved the appropriate to detain him once more and take away him from the nation.

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Novak Djokovic held “as a prisoner” in quarantine resort in Australia, tennis star’s mom says

Novak Djokovic held “as a prisoner” in quarantine resort in Australia, tennis star’s mom says

Exchanges between Kelly and Djokovic’s lawyer Nicholas Wooden revealed officers made the participant swap off his cellphone from midnight to round 7.42 a.m. native time, when the choice to cancel his visa was made.

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Officers additionally reneged on an settlement to provide Djokovic till 8.30 a.m. to talk to match organizer Tennis Australia and legal professionals, the choose mentioned. Djokovic was as an alternative woken up by officers at round 6.00 a.m. after a quick relaxation and pressured to reply “as a result of it was higher for him in the event that they made the choice straight away,” in response to his lawyer.

Wooden mentioned Djokovic had supplied proof to assist his declare for exemption each earlier than boarding his flight and on arrival, regardless of not being required to take action.

Authorities legal professionals are as a result of current their case afterward Monday.

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Tennis star Novak Djokovic barred from getting into Australia after COVID-19 exemption


A bunch of round 50 supporters gathered exterior the Federal Circuit and Household Courtroom on Monday, regardless that the listening to was held just about due to the Omicron outbreak in Australia.

Entry to the day’s hearings was suffering from technical points that repeatedly crashed the general public live-stream.

Lots of the supporters exterior courtroom, some waving the Serbian flag, held fingers and sang as they danced in a circle.

“He has been residing like an animal in a human zoo,” mentioned one supporter, Petar Nikolic. “What is going on right here is unAustralian. It’s politics and positively racist.”

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Djokovic held at detention resort in Australia as he awaits courtroom date

In Belgrade, Djokovic’s father addressed a small protest in entrance of Serbia’s parliament constructing on Sunday, additionally accusing officers of treating his son, and all Serbians, like animals

Nonetheless, fashionable opinion in Australia, the place greater than 90 per cent of the grownup inhabitants is absolutely vaccinated, has been largely in opposition to the tennis participant, significantly in Melbourne, which skilled the world’s longest cumulative lockdown.

The nation’s COVID-19 instances surpassed 1 million on Monday, with greater than half of them recorded previously week, driving up hospitalization numbers and placing a pressure on provide chains.


The saga kicked off when Djokovic posted a photograph of himself leaning on his baggage on Instagram final Tuesday, telling the world he was headed to Australia to compete within the Open with a vaccination exemption.

An extended-term vocal opponent of obligatory vaccination, Djokovic had by no means revealed his vaccination standing however courtroom paperwork confirmed he has not been inoculated.

French newspaper L’Equipe revealed {a photograph} of Djokovic taken when he was named the every day’s Champion of Champions within the days after he mentioned in a courtroom submitting he had examined constructive for coronavirus, Dec. 16.

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‘Guidelines are guidelines;’ Australian PM says Djokovic failed to supply proof of medical exemption

‘Guidelines are guidelines;’ Australian PM says Djokovic failed to supply proof of medical exemption

Different pictures revealed on social media confirmed him showing at capabilities in Serbia on dates quickly after that take a look at.

It was not clear if Djokovic knew of his constructive take a look at on the time of the occasions proven within the footage.

Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley mentioned in his first media interview for the reason that furore started that his group had spoken with federal and state officers for months to make sure the protected passage of gamers.

Czech participant Renata Voracova, who was detained in the identical detention resort as Djokovic and had her visa revoked after points together with her vaccine exemption, left the nation with out difficult her standing, the Czech International Ministry mentioned.

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