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Novak Djokovic again placed in detention in Australia


The presence in Australia of Djokovic, who is not vaccinated against COVID-19, could encourage anti-vaccination sentiment, estimated the Australian authorities in a brief presented to the courts, believing that the Serb should be expelled from the country.

During a hearing before a judge, the representative of the Australian government had indicated that the 34-year-old player would not be returned to the border before the justice had definitively ruled on his request to block his expulsion. But he had warned that Djokovic would have to wait for this decision in administrative detention.

It is the Australian federal justice which is now responsible for the file, at the request of the judge of Melbourne, which had been seized in the first place by the lawyers of the tennis player. This change of court is likely to slow down the procedure, estimated the defenders of Djokovic.

Djokovic admitted to incorrectly filling out his entry declaration to Australia, and not following the rules of isolation after he tested positive for COVID-19 in December, an infection he hoped would allow him to take advantage of an exemption to enter Australia without being vaccinated.

nole had been deported on his arrival in Melbourne on January 5 and placed in a detention centre. But his lawyers had obtained from a judge on January 10 that he restore his visa and order his immediate release.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, using his discretion in the matter, however, once again canceled Djokovic’s visa on Friday. on health and public order grounds.

The 34-year-old was aiming for a 10th title at the Australian Open, which starts on Monday, and a 21st grand slam victory, which would be a record.

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