This new episode in a saga that began on January 5, when Novak Djokovic was turned away upon his arrival in Melbourne, makes it increasingly unlikely that the world No.1 will participate in the Australian Open, which will start on Monday. , the Serb hoping for a 10th victory in this tournament.
This Saturday, he was therefore returned to administrative detention after the cancellation of his visa for the second time by the Australian government and pending a court decision on his case. According to the government, the presence of one who is not vaccinated against covid-19 “could encourage anti-vaccination sentiment”.
This Friday, during a hearing before a judge, the representative of the Australian Executive indicated that the 34-year-old player would not be deported to the border until the justice system has definitively ruled on his request to block his expulsion. But he warned that Novak Djokovic should wait for this decision in administrative detention.
It is the federal justice which is now in charge of the file, at the request of the judge of Melbourne who had been seized in the first place by the lawyers of the tennis player. “This change of court is likely to slow down the procedure,” said the Serb’s defenders.
Non-compliance with isolation rules
Novak Djokovic has admitted incorrectly filling out his entry declaration to Australia and failing to follow isolation rules after he tested positive for covid-19 in December – a contamination he hoped would allow him to benefit an exemption to enter Australia without being vaccinated.
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