Novak Djokovic awaits visa decision for Australia
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What: The Australian Open draw takes place today, but all eyes are on the country’s Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, who could decide in the next few hours whether or not to revoke the reinstated visa. of tennis superstar Novak Djokovic and expel him – which could spark another legal deadlock.
Djokovic arrived in Australia last week, only to have his visa canceled and face temporary detention because he did not have a valid medical exemption for the Covid-19 vaccination requirement for all arrivals. A judge ruled on Monday that he should be allowed to stay and he was released from detention.
Or: The tournament takes place in Melbourne, where Djokovic arrived last week and trained after his release on Monday.
Why Djokovic was detained: All international arrivals to Australia must be vaccinated – which Djokovic is not – unless they have a medical exemption. The government argued that it did not have a valid exemption from the requirement.
Djokovic said he felt he could enter because tournament organizers granted him medical exemption on the grounds that he was infected with Covid-19 in December, his visa was approved before his arrival and he had been allowed to be quarantined. free travel.
Why the judge ruled in his favor: The government had not given Djokovic sufficient notice regarding the cancellation of his visa or the time to prepare documents for his defense, the judge said. After his arrival, Djokovic was told he would have a few hours to prepare, but the government decided to cancel his visa before the deadline he set.
When: Djokovic tested positive in mid-December and has recovered enough to receive a medical exemption from Tennis Australia on December 30, according to court documents. He arrived in Australia on January 5 and was promptly taken into custody. He was released on Monday January 10. The tournament will take place from January 17 to 30.