Novak Đoković erneut in Gewahrsam: Anhörung in Visumsfrage am Sonntag

15 Jan. 2022 09:17 o’clock

Novak Đoković’s hopes of being allowed to compete at the Australian Open rest at a hearing on Sunday morning. The tennis star is now back in custody. The fall of the Serbian world number one remains an ongoing topic for his rivals.

Shortly before the start of the Australian Open, defending champion and record champion Novak Đoković is again in custody in the Corona crime thriller about his entry to Australia. Instead of preparing for the Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne starting on Monday in the Rod Laver Arena, the 34-year-old was brought back to the deportation hotel due to the visa being canceled again.

A court hearing is scheduled for Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. local time. The Federal Supreme Court should clarify whether the world number one from Serbia can take part in the Australian Open or has to leave the country. Like the Australian News Agency AAP reported, consideration is being given to whether the hearing should be held before a single judge or three judges.

After authorities refused entry to the unvaccinated Đoković last week, he spent several nights at the Park Hotel in Melbourne’s Carlton borough. The first court decision last Monday was in his favor and the tennis star continued preparations for the first Grand Slam tournament of the season. On Friday, his visa was invalidated a second time in a personal decision by Immigration Secretary Alex Hawke. The Australian government argued the unvaccinated tennis pro’s presence in the country could encourage “anti-vaccination sentiment”.

Tennis Olympic champion Alexander Zverev has now spoken out in favor of Djokovic participating in the Australian Open. The Australian and Victorian governments should have known in advance what was about to happen.

“I don’t think it’s very fair for a person to come here and not be able to play.”

Two days before the start of the first sporting highlight of the season, other tennis competitors were annoyed by the ongoing topic and would rather talk about their sport. Like the Spaniard Rafael Nadal, for example. It is clear that Djokovic is one of the best tennis players in history. But no tennis player in history is more important than the event.

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(dpa)

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