Novak Djokovic: Tennis star detained ahead of deportation appeal

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The Australian Open is still on Monday.

A court hearing in Australia will determine if Novak Djokovic can stay in the country without beingvaccinated.

The Serbian faces deportation after his visa was canceled for a second time, with the government labeling him a threat to the public.

His lawyers are appealing against a judgement that they say is irrational.

The Australian Open is still on as scheduled.

He would become the most successful men's tennis player in the history of the sport with 21 major titles if he were to win the tournament for a 10th time.

The hearing on Sunday is crucial if the Serbian is to be able to compete just hours later.

The world's top-ranked men's tennis player could face deportation and a three-year visa ban if he loses his appeal.

After an online procedural hearing on Saturday, his lawyers confirmed that he would spend the night in immigration detention.

Justice David O'Callaghan said at the hearing that it was not yet known whether the case would be heard by a single judge or a full court of three.

The Immigration Minister decided to cancel the visa of the unvaccinated player because of the potential for opposition to the Covid-19 vaccine, according to court documents.

He wrote a letter to his lawyers, saying that his presence may be a risk to the health of the Australian community.

After arriving in Melbourne on January 6, the Australian Border Force revoked his visa because he failed to provide appropriate evidence to get a vaccine exemption.

The tennis star was held for days at an immigration hotel before his visa was restored by a judge, who ruled that border officials ignored correct procedure when he arrived.

On Friday evening, Mr. Hawke once again canceled the visa of the Serbian tennis player.

The act allows him to deport anyone he deems a potential risk to the health, safety or good order of the Australian community.

Scott Morrison said the decision followed careful consideration.

"Australians have made a lot of sacrifice during the Pandemic and they should be protected," Mr Morrison said.

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The photographers were trying to catch a glimpse of Novak.

Simon Atkinson is a news person.

Motorists leaned from car windows and shouted their approval minutes after we reported the news of the second visa cancellation.

I've spoken to a lot of people who are angry that an unvaccinated player was allowed in the first place.

Others have a different view. They say this is a mess, but the government's reversal of the ruling of an independent judge is questionable.

This is not just about sport. It's a major topic of discussion.

Australia is struggling with Covid-19.

Many people are getting jabbed after living under strict restrictions. Some might say that you have less chance of finding a Covid test kit in a pharmacy than you do of playing on Monday, because intensive care wards are filling up, daily deaths have hit record levels, and some might say that you have less chance of finding a Covid test kit in

The Omicron wave has become a distraction from more important issues.

Nick Wood, a lawyer for the legal team of Novak Djokovic, said that the grounds for appeal would be based on the "invalid" rationale of Mr. Hawke's decision.

Mr Wood said that deporting the Serbian player would do the same thing.

The Serbian President told Novak that they were standing by him.

Why didn't you tell Novak that it was impossible to obtain a visa if you wanted to ban him from winning the 10th trophy? Mr. Vucic said so.

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I will not watch him if he plays.

There are vaccines for coronaviruses.
The city of Melbourne.