Djokovic speaks out after an Australian court
Novak Djokovic will be detained by Australian immigration officials this Saturday (local), ahead of a decisive court hearing on Sunday that will feature detailed arguments on whether the tennis star should be deported.
Kelly also said Djokovic will be able to visit his lawyers’ offices this Saturday (local) to prepare for his hearing on Sunday, before being moved back to pre-immigration detention as required under Australian law.
The initial hearing in the case is scheduled in the Federal Court of Australia at 10:15 a.m. Saturday local time (6:15 p.m. ET Friday), and will be overseen by Judge David O’Callaghan.
While many have blamed Djokovic or the Australian government during the case, tennis analyst Darren Cahill, who has coached some of the world’s top players–past and present–says “the blame is all over the place.”
Kevin Rudd, former prime minister of Australia, called the decision to once again revoke Djokovic’s visa “a major political distraction in the face of empty shelves and a national shortage of boosters and RATs [Rapid Antigen Tests].”
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Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, whose visa was cancelled on Sunday following a court decision, left Australia on a flight to Dubai, local media report. The flight, operated by Emirates airlines, departed from Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport at around 22.50 local time (11.50 GMT).Djokovic lost his appeal in an Australian court on Sunday against the government’s decision to revoke his visa for a second time, preventing him from defending his Australian Open title. The decision was taken unanimously by the three judges of the Federal Court, which today addressed in a virtual hearing the appeal filed by the defense of Djokovic, who was detained on Saturday in a hotel for immigration detention.
The Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic said Sunday to be “deeply disappointed” by the cancellation of his visa in Australia after losing his appeal in court to that decision of the Government.The Balkan athlete, who intended to defend from Monday his crown at the Australian Open being held in Melbourne, admitted in a statement that, due to the decision, “will not be able to participate” in the tournament.
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Djokovic’s case to stay in Australia will be heard this Saturday before the country’s Federal Court following an emergency hearing before Judge Anthony Kelly in the Federal Circuit and Family Court.
The decision comes four days after Judge Kelly ruled that Australian Border Force (ABF) officers had been “unreasonable” when they cancelled his initial visa to enter Australia upon his arrival in the country on January 5. The judge ordered that Djokovic be released from immigration detention within 30 minutes.
A bridging visa would allow Djokovic to work, or, in this case, play, but the political implications of that decision are unclear, as it would seem to contradict the message that Djokovic poses a health risk to Australians.
“That’s the key … That’s what I tell all Victorians. That’s what I’ve done. That’s what my kids have done,” he said, adding that the Australian Open was bigger than one player and the problem much bigger than one person.
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It has been in the central Collins Street, right in front of the office of Djokovic’s lawyers, where the Balkan’s fans gathered after arguing that the Serbian tennis player was inside the office holding talks with his lawyers.
DISTURBANCE | DJOKOVIC CASE | Victoria police pepper-sprayed some fans of Serbian Novak Djokovic after several people blocked the progress of a car in which the tennis player was thought to be traveling inside.
CAN DJOKOVIC PLAY AT AUSTRALIA OPEN | Government lawyer Christopher Tran says Immigration Minister Alex Hawke will consider whether to exercise his right to apply in his personal capacity to have Novak Djokovic’s visa cancelled at any time.
DJOKOVIC CASE | The decision is based on the Australian government’s acknowledgment that last Wednesday, after detaining Djokovic at Melbourne airport, it did not give him enough time after notifying him of the intention to cancel his visa to speak to his advisors, as dictated by the Australian Migration Act.