Melbourne: World number one men’s singles player Novak Djokovic on Monday won his legal appeal on procedural grounds, quashing the border officer’s initial decision to cancel his visa. Judge Anthony Kelly of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia quashed the cancellation of Djokovic’s visa and confirmed the twenty-time Grand Slam winner Serbian will be permitted to stay in Australia.
Djokovic was also ordered to be released from detention immediately with his passport and “personal effects”. The Australian Government, however, has expressed its readiness to re-cancel the visa and retain Djokovic. After the judge’s ruling, the lawyer for the Government Christopher Tran notified the court that the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services, and Multicultural Affairs would consider “whether to exercise a personal power of cancellation.”
In response, Judge Anthony Kelly made clear he wanted to be informed if the legal process was to drag on. Notably, Djokovic was granted a medical exemption to enter Australia and compete in the Australian Open because he had recently tested positive for COVID-19, court documents published on Saturday has revealed.
The Australian Open organizers granted a medical exemption to vaccine-sceptic Djokovic after which he jetted into Melbourne on Wednesday. However, on landing the nine-time Australian Open champion spent eight hours in detention at Melbourne Airport where he unsuccessfully pleaded his case to border officials.
World number one Novak Djokovic on Friday thanked people for their support since he was refused entry to Australia over his COVID-19 vaccine status.
“Thank you to people around the world for your continuous support. i can feel it and it is greatly appreciated,” the Serbian, who is in a detention facility in Melbourne awaiting an appeal, said on Instagram.
The Australian Open organisers granted a medical exemption to Djokovic after which he jetted into Melbourne on Wednesday. However, after landing, the nine-time Australian Open champion spend eight hours in detention at Melbourne Airport where he unsuccessfully pleaded his case to border officials.
On Thursday, Djokovic won his court bid and as a result, there was no immediate deportation, allowing the defending Australian Open champion to stay in Melbourne until at least Monday.
Notably, the 34-year-old world number one had been granted a medical exemption to play in the AO 2022 for unspecified reasons, which created a huge uproar. Djokovic’s exemption was given by two independent medical panels organised by Tennis Australia, the body that runs the event, and Victoria state.