Sitemap

World Number One Novak Djokovic Wins A Stunning Victory Over The Australian Government

2022 Beijing Winter Olympics: Answers To Some Big Questions

The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing are...

New Dutch Government Sworn In 10 Months After Last Election

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's fourth government...

European Parliament President David Sassoli Dies Age 65

European Parliament President David Sassoli passed away...

Joint Statement By Embassies Of France, Germany, Italy, UK, USA And The Delegation Of EU On The Serbia’s Referendum

France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union welcome Serbia’s January 16 national referendum on constitutional changes...

US Supreme Court Blocks Biden’s Workplace Vaccine Mandate

The US Supreme Court has blocked President Joe Biden's rule requiring workers at large companies to be vaccinated or...

Matching Grants Program

The Matching Grants Program is designed for enterprises looking for significant financial resources for the commercialization of research and...

2022 Beijing Winter Olympics: Answers To Some Big Questions

The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing are right around the corner, with all kinds of questions — about international...

Buckingham Palace Reveals Bank Holiday Programme Of Events For Her Majesty’s 70th Year On The Throne

A search for a new pudding, a pageant along the Mall, a four-day bank holiday and performances in Windsor...

World number one Novak Djokovic won a stunning victory Monday over the Australian government, overturning the cancellation of his visa on Covid-19 health grounds, and ending his detention.

It was an extraordinary setback for the government, which has imposed strict restrictions on its borders for the past two years to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

In an emergency online court hearing, the judge ordered that the decision to cancel Djokovic’s visa “be quashed”.

The judge ordered that the unvaccinated tennis superstar “be released immediately and forthwith from immigration detention”.

“Such release must occur no later than 30 minutes after the making of this order,” he added.

Australian taxpayers will be asked to pay costs for Djokovic’s high-powered legal team.

“Novak, Novak, Novak,” chanted dozens of fans of the nine-time Australian Open champion as they marched in celebration, drums banging, outside Melbourne’s federal courthouse.

The 34-year-old Djokovic had arrived in Melbourne last Wednesday ahead of the Australian Open, which starts in just one week, hoping to win a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title.

But even as he savours an extraordinary win in the federal court, his tournament dream may yet be out of reach.

The government’s lawyer told the court that Immigration Minister Alex Hawke may decide to use his “personal power of cancellation” despite the player’s legal victory.

After touching down in Australia, Djokovic was taken into an overnight interview with border agents, who decided the champion had failed to present a solid medical reason for not being jabbed.

Djokovic’s visa was revoked and he was moved to a notorious immigration detention facility pending deportation.

He spent four nights in the former Park Hotel, a five-storey facility that holds about 32 migrants trapped in Australia’s hardline immigration system – some for years on end.

An early plea by Djokovic to be moved to a facility where he can train for the Australian Open had fallen on deaf ears, his lawyers said.

Not human conditions

The court’s finding, read out in an online hearing, said the player was not given the chance to reply fully before his visa was torn up.

In the early hours of Thursday, Djokovic was told he had until 8:30 am to reply to the proposed cancellation of his visa. But instead, the border agent cancelled it at 7:42 am.

Had Djokovic been given until 8:30 am as first promised, “he could have consulted others and made submissions to the delegate about why his visa should not be cancelled,” the judge said.

According to a transcript of the airport interview, Djokovic told the border control agent: “I just really don’t understand what is the reason you don’t allow me to enter your country.”

Earlier, at a rally in Belgrade, Djokovic’s mother Dijana claimed her son was staying “in not human conditions” during his four-night stay at the detention centre.

“They detained him and even don’t give him breakfast, he has only lunch and dinner,” she said, quoted by local media.

“He does not have a normal window, he stares at a wall.”

Though it had no bearing on his court case, Djokovic’s claim of a positive test on December 16 stirred controversy after it emerged he had attended a gathering that day for the Serbian national postal service launching a stamp series in his honour.

Pictures shared by the Belgrade tennis federation also showed him at a young players’ event in the city on December 17.

Related

Australia Revokes Novak Djokovic’s Visa

Australian authorities have revoked the visa for the World's no. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic, after he arrived in Melbourne to participate in the...

Djokovic Granted Medical Exemption To Defend Australian Open Title

Novak Djokovic ended speculation over his Australian Open title defence by announcing on Tuesday that he would compete at the season's opening Grand Slam...

It reported that he had handed over cups and prizes to players. No one was wearing a mask.

Another tennis player – Czech doubles specialist Renata Voracova – has also had her visa cancelled after obtaining a medical exemption.

She flew out of Australia on Saturday after being held in the same Melbourne centre as Djokovic.

Source: news.yahoo.com, Photo: Novak Djokovic facebook / djokovicofficial

Related Articles

Australian Federal Court Confirms Decision To Revoke Novak Djokovic’s Visa

A three-member court panel of the Federal Court of Australia made the final decision, confirming the decision of the immigration minister to revoke Novak...

Australia Revokes Novak Djokovic’s Visa

Australian authorities have revoked the visa for the World's no. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic, after he arrived in Melbourne to participate in the...

Djokovic Granted Medical Exemption To Defend Australian Open Title

Novak Djokovic ended speculation over his Australian Open title defence by announcing on Tuesday that he would compete at the season's opening Grand Slam...

Novak Djokovic Best Athlete Of Europe in 2021

The world’s best tennis player Novak Djokovic has been elected the best athlete of Europe in 2021 in the 64th selection of news agencies. Novak Djokovic,...

Serbian Sport In 2021

The central sporting event during 2021 was the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Serbian athletes won nine medals - three gold (men's water polo team,...

Djokovic Honoured With Serbian Stamps

Novak Djokovic can add another accomplishment to his long list of accolades. The World No. 1 was recognised this week with his own Serbian postage...

Novak Djokovic Clinches Record Seventh Year-End No. 1

Novak Djokovic has made history again. The Serbian today secured the year-end No. 1 FedEx ATP Ranking for a record seventh time, eclipsing the mark...

Climate Change In 11 Charts

With COP26 underway, the climate crisis is in the spotlight. Here are the most important facts relating to how our planet has been changing. World...