Djokovic’s case to go before Australian Federal Court, no deportation for now

NEWS 14.01.2022 14:17
Source: William WEST / AFP

Anthony Kelly, an Australian judge, ordered on Friday that the tennis star Novak Djokovic's case would be transferred to the country's Federal Court and that the nine-time Australian Open champion would not be deported before the end of the legal procedure.

The new hearing participated by Djokovic’s and Australian Government lawyers urgently followed the Immigration Minister decision to again revoke the world’s best tennis player visa despite previous Kelly’s ruling to quash the first-time visa annulment.

Djokovic will meet immigration officers later tonight and won’t be in detention until then.

His legal team was against the case transfer to the Federal Court, arguing that „every minute in this procedure was precious“ since the Australian Open Grand Slam starts on Monday.

On Tuesday, Djokovic was officially named the first seed at the upcoming Grand Slam in Melbourne. The defending champion is due to face his countryman Miomir Kecmanovic on Monday night.

On Friday, his lawyer Nick Wood said that Immigration Minister Alex Hawke offered a completely different explanation based on which Djokovic’s visa was cancelled the first time, now saying the government’s reason was not to excite anti-vaccination sentiment in Australia, adding such reasoning was „patently irrational.“

Djokovic’s lawyers demanded the next hearing were held at an undisclosed location to avoid a „media circus.“


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