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Novak Djokovic has had his Australian visa cancelled by the country’s immigration minister, Alex Hawke, and faces deportation from the country just three days before the Australian Open begins. Hawke released a statement saying it was in the “public interest” to cancel Djokovic’s visa. “Today I exercised my strength under section 133C(3) of the Migration Act to cancel the visa held by Mr Novak Djokovic on health and good order grounds,” he said.

This is the second time that Djokovic has had his visa revoked and his lawyers have challenged the decision in the court, saying Hawke’s ruling is “patently irrational”. The first decision went to the Federal Circuit and Family Court this week and was quashed by a estimate on procedural fairness grounds. Djokovic was released from Border Force detention and began training in Melbourne ahead of the tournament as he chases a men’s record 21st Grand Slam singles title.

However, pressure has been building all week after he broke his silence over a number of accusations of breaking Covid protocol on Wednesday, and he conceded that he broke isolation and conducted an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe despite knowing that he was positive for the virus, such a transgression could consequence in up to five years in prison if proven that he lied about his positive test.

Follow all the latest news below as Djokovic fights deportation once more.


What happened at the hearing?

The hearing seems to be concluded and a lot happened over the proceedings.

Djokovic’s lawyers accused the government of re-cancelling his visa as to not “excite” anti-vaccination groups. They also said that immigration minister Alex Hawke called Djokovic a man of “good standing” and that he conceded the player had an “exemption”.

While Djokovic is currently not detained he will be over the weekend as agreed by both parties. He will also attend an interview with immigration officials on Saturday morning at 8am AEDT.

estimate Kelly ruled the case will go to the Federal Court of Australia. Before proceedings conclude in that court the government cannot take any action to remove Djokovic from Australia.

There will be a hearing on Sunday and if Djokovic wins he will have just 24 hours to prepare for his opening match against Miomir Kecmanovic as the Australian Open confirmed the first matches earlier today.

Sarah Rendell14 January 2022 12:17


Djokovic hearing live

The proceedings got back underway for a short time.

Both parties have agreed to add a stipulation after the location of where Djokovic will be Saturday morning. This has allowed both parties to agree the detainment of Djokovic.

The reasons for the orders put in place in the session will be published Saturday morning.

Sarah Rendell14 January 2022 12:12


Djokovic’s first Australian Open match set

The Australian Open have confirmed Djokovic’s first match will be on Monday.

This puts a timeline in place for his lawyers to try and win their case against the second visa cancellation.

The case has been moved to the Federal Court of Australia which could put a delay on proceedings.

Djokovic is currently set to play Miomir Kecmanovic.

Sarah Rendell14 January 2022 12:09


Djokovic’s case moved to Federal Court of Australia

While we wait for proceedings to get underway again, just a recap on the orders from estimate Kelly.

The government cannot make any attempt to remove Djokovic until proceedings are concluded.

The case will move to the Federal Court of Australia, something Djokovic’s lawyers tried to prevent, which method estimate Kelly won’t preside over the case.

Djokovic could be in detention until Sunday morning when there will be another hearing.

Whether this will impact the quick timeline Djokovic’s representatives were looking for is nevertheless to be confirmed.

The Australian Open begins on Monday.

Ben Burrows14 January 2022 12:05


Djokovic hearing live

There’s a short adjournment as details around the detainment of Djokovic in coming days are discussed by lawyers.

The estimate says there will be a observe that the detainment of Djokovic will be agreed by both parties. Djokovic’s representatives say they object as nothing has been signed.

estimate Kelly then said “you can’t ask me to broker this” and adjourned the court so they can discuss.

Sarah Rendell14 January 2022 11:56


Djokovic hearing live

Djokovic will be detained over the weekend with a new hearing on Sunday.

Nick Wood raised concerns about security as the location of Djokovic will be known ahead of the player’s interview on Saturday morning. The estimate replied ‘I will not be a party to, or in any way somehow inveigled into the very real possibility of a media circus if that’s what the parties anticipate.

“On mature reflection the obviousness of that circus might have occurred to everyone before 10.55pm on Friday. Don’t put this at my feet.”

Sarah Rendell14 January 2022 11:53


Djokovic hearing live

estimate Kelly wants Djokovic’s lawyers to submit their submissions and affidavit as soon as possible.

He additional immigration minister Alex Hawke cannot take steps to remove Djokovic until proceedings are concluded.

Court reporter Karen Sweeney tweeted: “He [Kelly] says Djokovic should be taken to the interview with immigration officials at 8am tomorrow, then to his lawyers office from 10am until 2pm. Then from 9am Sunday he should be taken back to his lawyers offices for the court hearing – supervised by two ABF officers.”

Most considerably the case will move to the Federal Court of Australia.

Sarah Rendell14 January 2022 11:49


Djokovic hearing live

The hearing is back underway, standby for updates

Sarah Rendell14 January 2022 11:42


Morrison’s statement

Djokovic’s lawyers have argued in a hearing the Australian government are trying to deport the player so they don’t “excite” anti-vaccination groups.

They believe immigration minister Alex Hawke has conceded Djokovic had an exemption and that he has described the world no. 1 as a man of “good standing”.

However, Hawke said in a statement today he cancelled the visa in “public interest” and on “health and good order grounds”.

Australian PM Scott Morrison said in a statement on the decision: He said: “This pandemic has been incredibly difficult for every Australian but we have stuck together and saved lives and livelihoods. Together we have achieved one of the lowest death rates, strongest economies and highest vaccination rates in the world.

“Australians have made many sacrifices during this pandemic, and they rightly expect the consequence of those sacrifices to be protected. This is what the Minister is doing in taking this action today.

“Our strongest border protection policies have kept Australians safe, prior to Covid and now during the pandemic.”

Sarah Rendell14 January 2022 11:42


Djokovic case highlights issue

Djokovic’s case is being followed by millions of people across the world.

It has brought vaccine position and restrictions into argue. But another issue it has highlights is that of asylum seekers in Australia.

Over 30 people have been detained for over two years since entering the country. The conditions in the detainment centre are said to be “terrible” and the people held there have said they haven’t been told when their detainment will end.

Sarah Rendell14 January 2022 11:36

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