Novak Djokovic’s Australian visa cancellation was overturned by a country judge on Monday federal circuit court, who ordered his immediate release from immigration detention.
why it matters The world number 1 tennis player is looking to achieve a record 21st Grand Slam victory when the Australian Open begins on January 17, but border officials last week canceled her visa and denied her entry to Australia. The ruling enables them to defend their Australian Open title.
what to watch: Australian government lawyer Christopher Tan told the court that Immigration Minister Alex Hawke would consider exercising his “personal power of revocation” following Judge Anthony Kelly’s decision.
Description: Kelly had previously ruled that the Serbian tennis star could leave the Melbourne Detention Facility in which he was hired to attend the hearing. radio online by the court.
- Kelly said at the hearing earlier on Monday that he was “somewhat agitated” at Djokovic’s treatment by border officials, adding: “What else could this man do?”
big picture: Border officials revoked his visa, saying he had failed to provide “reasonable evidence” for his medical exemption from the country’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement.
- Djokovic’s lawyers argued that the tennis star could play at the Australian Open after he tested positive for the virus in December and was exempt.
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