Novak Djokovic, the tennis player has been taken into detention in Australia.
Following the cancellation of his visa for the second time, the government deemed the 34 year-old threat to public safety and threatened him with deportation.
The hearing is scheduled for Sunday. His attorneys are appealing against the “irrational”, as they call it, judgment.
Djokovic will still be playing the Australian Open Monday.
He would be the greatest male tennis player ever if he won the tournament for the tenth consecutive time.
If Djokovic wants to defend his title within hours, Sunday’s hearing has been set for 09:30 GMT (22:30 GMT Saturday).
He could be deported and banned from entering the country for three years if he fails to appeal.
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Djokovic received confirmation from his lawyers that he was being held in Melbourne, just hours after a procedural hearing online.
Justice David O’Callaghan established the date for the proceeding on Sunday, but it wasn’t clear if it would be heard before a single judge or by three full courts.
Djokovic was initially denied a visa shortly after he arrived in Melbourne, 6 January. Officials from the Australian Border Force said that he “failed” to show evidence to be eligible for a vaccination exemption.
He was held at the immigration hotel for several days before being released. A judge ordered him to be freed because he believed that officials in border control had failed to follow proper procedures when he arrived.
On Friday, however, the Immigration Minister Alex Hawke cancelled Djokovic’s visa as per separate Australian laws.
This act permits him to expel anyone that he believes poses a danger to the health, safety, and good order of the Australian community.
Hawke claimed that Djokovic was denied a visa because of his “health and good order” reasons. [and]It was justified on the grounds that it was in public interest”.
Scott Morrison, the Prime Minister, said that Scott Morrison made this decision after “careful consideration.”
Morrison spoke out about the harsh criticisms his government received for allowing unvaccinated players into Australia. He said that “Australians made many sacrifices during the pandemic and they rightly expect their sacrifices to be preserved.”
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic denounced the decision, writing to the 34-year-old in an Instagram post: “Novak. We stand behind you.”
“If Novak Djokovic wanted to be banned from winning the 10th Melbourne Trophy, why didn’t you immediately send him back? Why didn’t you inform him that it was impossible for him to obtain visas?” Mister Vucic agreed.
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