Novak Djokovic‘s lawyer confirmed that the tennis star is not currently in Australian detention and seeks injunction against Australia deportation. Djokovic faces deportation again after the Australian government revoked his visa for a second time, the latest twist in the ongoing saga over whether the No. 1-ranked tennis player will be allowed to compete in the Australian Open despite being unvaccinated for COVID-19.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said Friday he used his ministerial discretion to cancel the 34-year-old Serb’s visa on public interest grounds — just three days before play begins at the Australian Open, where Djokovic has won a record nine of his 20 Grand Slam titles.
Djokovic’s lawyers were expected to appeal at the Federal Circuit and Family Court, which they already successfully did last week on procedural grounds after his visa was first cancelled when he landed at a Melbourne airport.
A hearing was scheduled for Friday night.
Deportation from Australia can lead to a three-year ban on returning to the country, although that may be waived, depending on the circumstances.
(With inputs from Agencies)