An Australian court will decide on Monday on the deportation of Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, who is being held in a Melbourne hotel after the Australian authorities revoked his visa for failing to comply with the measures against Covid-19, a decision that has unleashed the protests, both in that city and abroad, including Belgrade.
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The world number one arrived in Australia on Wednesday night with a medical exemption that allowed him to defend his title at the Australian Open despite not being vaccinated, but shortly after the border authorities of that country canceled his visa and after a lengthy interview, he was transferred to a Melbourne city hotel pending a decision on his deportation.
The tennis player’s lawyers appealed on Thursday the decision of the authorities and the Federal Circuit Court scheduled a hearing for next Monday to decide if Djokovic is deported from the country, according to the Australian public network ABC.
Mr Djokovic’s visa has been canceled. Rules are rules, especially when it comes to our borders. No one is above these rules. Our strong border policies have been critical to Australia having one of the lowest death rates in the world from COVID, we are continuing to be vigilant.
– Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP)
January 5, 2022
Djokovic’s defense said a final answer would be needed by Tuesday for scheduling reasons for the Australian Open, which takes place in Melbourne from January 17-30.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who is facing a crisis due to the rebound in the number of Covid-19 cases, stressed today that “there are no special cases. The rules are the rules”, alluding to the requirements for travelers who They must have the complete schedule of the covid-19 vaccine or a valid medical exemption to enter the country.
Let me see if I understand this: Naomi Osaka was forced out of the French Open because she didn’t want to do media interviews for mental health reasons but Djokovic got a COVID vaccine exemption for the Australian Open?
– Charlotte Clymer ️ (@cmclymer)
January 5, 2022
The legal battle in Australia may serve as a precedent for what happens in the rest of the season if Djokovic remains unvaccinated, as he may run into trouble at the Parisian Roland Garros tournament, after French President Emmanuel Macron declared who wants to “screw up” the unvaccinated.
For his part, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Thursday that Serbia is doing everything possible to have Novak Djokovic transferred from what he called the “infamous” hotel in Australia to a private home while he awaits the decision of the Australian judicial authorities on your visa.
Meanwhile, Djokovic’s father called a demonstration outside the hotel and his statements that his son is a political prisoner could mean that the player will not be able to enter Australia for three years.