Tennis player Novak Djokovic is back at the hotel in Melbourne with asylum seekers where he had to stay for several days last week. The world’s number 1 is back in detention for the time being, pending his appeal that will be heard on Sunday morning. The Serbian tennis player still wants to force him to stay in Melbourne for the Australian Open.
A pre-trial hearing was already held by the federal judge on Saturday morning. The subject of discussion included the question of whether the case would be heard by one judge or a full tribunal of three judges. The lawyers for Immigration Minister Alex Hawke argued for the first option, Djokovic’s lawyers for the second. It is no longer possible to appeal against the decision of a full court. The choice ultimately fell on that option. The appeal case starts on Sunday morning at 09.30 Australian time, in the Netherlands it is 23.30 Saturday evening.
After the pre-trial hearing, Djokovic was taken to a ‘secret’ location. It soon became apparent that he had been taken back to the Park Hotel where he had been locked up for days last week after his visa was revoked at the Melbourne airport. The twenty-time grand slam winner then went to court and it determined on Monday that Djokovic may remain in Australia. Minister Hawke decided on Friday to revoke Djokovic’s visa.
According to the Immigration Minister, Djokovic poses “a threat” to the health of the Australian community. The tennis player, nine-time winner of the Australian Open, has not been vaccinated against the corona virus. Djokovic nevertheless received a medical exemption, because he went through the virus last month. He arrived in Melbourne a week and a half ago and that turned out to be the start of a soap that is still not over.
The Australian Open starts on Monday. Djokovic is ‘just’ still in the schedule. The number 1 was paired with compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic in the draw in the first round. Djokovic shares the record with 20 grand slam titles with Spaniard Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the Swiss who is missing from Melbourne due to physical problems.
Djokovic in detention again in the run-up to appeal
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