Djokovic in detention over bid to enter Australia
UPDATE 6 JAN: Tennis ace Novak Djokovic will remain locked up in a refugee detention hotel after the Federal Court ruled that his appeal to be let into the country ahead of the Australian Open would be adjourned until Monday.
It is now likely that Djokovic will not be expected to return home, as Christopher Tran, who is representing the government, said he does not consider it ‘in the interests of justice’ to make a hasty decision.
Djokovic faced deportation after being barred from entering the country to defend his title at the Open which begins in just over two weeks.
The nine-times champion was told there were issues with his visa and evidence supporting his vaccine exemption. His lawyers took the case to court in an attempt to have the decision overturned.
A statement from Australia’s Border Force on Wednesday said: “Mr Djokovic failed to provide appropriate evidence to meet the entry requirements to Australia, and his visa has been subsequently cancelled.”
It added that “non-citizens who have had their visa cancelled will be detained and removed from Australia.”
Australia’s Prime Minister made it clear there would be no exceptions in the fight against Covid.