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Novak Djokovic: Australia detains tennis player before visa revocation appeal

The Australian government has detained world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic ahead of a visa revocation appeal over a controversy over corona vaccine exemptions. The hearing will determine whether tennis stars can stay in the country without being vaccinated.

The 34-year-old Serbian player is facing deportation after his second visa was revoked by the Australian government and the government declared him a threat to the public.

Djokovic's lawyers have called his visa revocation "unreasonable" and are appealing against it, which will be heard on Sunday. Djokovic is still on the list of players to play in the Australian Open in Melbourne on Monday.

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Novak Djokovic, a nine-time Australian Open winner, had to defend his title this time around and if he had won the Australian Open for the tenth time, he would have become the most successful male tennis player in the world with 21 Grand Slam titles.

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Sunday's hearing at 09:30 LT is very important because it is taking place just hours before Djokovic's contest. If the appellate court rules against Novak, the world's number one men's tennis player will face deportation and a three-year visa ban.

Shortly after the online hearing on Saturday, Djokovic's lawyers confirmed that he would spend the night in Melbourne's immigration detention center. At the hearing, Justice David O'Callaghan set a date for Sunday's proceedings, but also said that a decision was yet to be made on whether the case would be heard by a single judge or a full three-judge court.

Djokovic's Next Appeal

Earlier, the Australian government revoked the visa of number one tennis star Novak Djokovic for the second time. It was said that after this decision, tennis stars can once again take legal recourse. Earlier, the court annulled the Australian government's earlier decision to revoke Novak Djokovic's visa.

A statement from Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke stated that the decision to revoke Novak Djokovic's visa was taken in the public interest and for health reasons. Following the ruling, Djokovic could face up to three years in prison for trying to obtain a new Australian visa, but the Australian government has the power to lift the ban if it so chooses.

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Djokovic arrived in Melbourne on January 6, where his visa was revoked by the Australian Border Force after he failed to provide any concrete evidence of immunity from the corona vaccine. Djokovic said he was against vaccinations and had been given a medical exemption from playing in the tournament, which angered many Australians.

Citizens in Australia have also expressed outrage over how a person can be allowed to enter the country without being vaccinated when the people of the country have lived in severe and long lockdowns.

Djokovic's lawyers said he had been granted a temporary visa to enter the country and had been declared "exempt from cod vaccination" by Tennis Australia due to a recent infection.

Djokovic's medical immunity certificate was issued by two independent medical panels running the event, hosted by Tennis Australia, and the state of Victoria.

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Djokovic was held at Melbourne Airport for several hours by immigration officials before being transferred to an immigration hotel. A few days later, the court annulled his decision to cancel his visa and ordered his release. The court ruled that the border authorities did not make the right decision.

Following the ruling, there were fears that the Australian government could once again revoke Novak Djokovic's visa, and so it happened. On Friday, Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke revoked his visa for the second time under the Australian Immigration Act.

Under the Act, the Australian Minister for Immigration has the power to deport anyone he deems a threat to the health, safety and security of the Australian people. Djokovic also has the right to appeal the ruling.

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During the controversy, Djokovic was accused of submitting a fake affidavit stating that he had not traveled to Australia for 14 days, although he had traveled to Spain. Djokovic responded by saying that his travel agent had submitted the affidavit by mistake and that this was not intentional. Djokovic also admitted that he met with a journalist and took part in a photo shoot after Corona was confirmed.

Australia's border epidemic laws prohibit foreigners from entering the country who have either not been vaccinated or are exempt from the vaccine.Foreigners can travel to Australia on an online visa, but then they have to go through immigration customs upon arrival at the airport.

The Australian Open kicks off in Melbourne on January 17.

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