14 Jan. 2022 19:30
The case of Novak Đoković is entering the next round. After the renewed annulment of his visa and the objection of his lawyers, the federal court is now required to provide clarity. If the tennis star is allowed to stay in Australia, he may be on the court as early as Monday.
The tugging in the Novak Đoković case continues. A federal court is due to make a final decision in the Serb’s case on Sunday after his Australian visa was revoked for the second time. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke personally vetoed the visa and canceled the Serbian tennis player’s visa. The top tennis star could end up being forced to leave the country just a few hours before the start of the Australian Open.
In support of the veto, Hawke said in a statement that he was exercising his “authority under Section 133C(3) of the Migration Act” to cancel Novak Đoković’s visa on “reasons of health and good order, on the basis that this decision is in the public interest.”
Đoković has not yet been vaccinated against the corona virus, which is stated as a requirement for entering Australia. However, due to a recent coronavirus infection, Tennis Australia and the authorities of the state of Victoria granted him a medical exemption to participate in the Australian Open. The lawyers of the 20-time Grand Slam champion had lodged an objection to the Australian Immigration Minister’s veto. Đoković cannot be deported until the court has ruled.
His lawyers had a report in the Australian newspaper The Age Allegedly, Immigration Secretary Hawke justified his decision to annul the Serbian star’s visa by saying his presence in Australia would fuel anti-vaccination sentiment. However, this claim lacks any “rational basis”, according to the lawyers.
The opening game of the world number one at the Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne is actually planned for Monday. It is currently unclear whether the 34-year-old defending champion will compete after this day-long Corona posse.
As early as Saturday morning (local time), Djokovic is due to appear at the immigration authorities for a hearing. Until then, the Australian Open record champion – he has won nine trophies so far – is allowed to stay in private accommodation. Reports that he would immediately be taken to a deportation hotel have been denied. After the hearing on Saturday, however, he is supposed to go back to the deportation center overnight, where he had already spent a few nights.
In Serbia, the renewed cancellation of the tennis star’s visa was described as “scandalous”, among other things. Numerous legal experts in the country see “political reasons” in the decision. Accordingly, the aim is to collect “political points” before the upcoming elections and justify the strict lockdown policy, explained the Serbian lawyer Vladimir Terzić to the daily newspaper Today. His colleague Vladimir Gajić even spoke of “a kind of punishment and disciplining” by someone who “freely decided not to be vaccinated.”
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