Novak Djokovic has won an appeal against a decision to refuse him a visa ahead of Australian Open | Tennis News

Novak Djokovic has been held in solitary confinement since his original visa was canceled upon arrival in Australia on Thursday; world number 1 said he flew to Australia with an “exemption” before defending his men’s singles title at the Australian Open

Last updated: 01/10/22 6:35


Novak Djokovic has won an appeal against the decision to refuse him a visa at the Federal Circuit Court of Australia ahead of the Australian Open.

Judge Anthony Kelly overturned the visa cancellation and sentenced the Australian government to pay legal fees and release Djokovic from detention within half an hour.

Government attorney Christopher Tran has notified the court that the Minister of Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs – not the minister who canceled the original visa – will now consider whether to exercise personal power of cancellation of Djokovic’s visa.

More to follow …

Djokovic’s Aussie Open Debacle: What Happened?

Djokovic flew to Australia on a “vaccine-free” and arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday, but was ultimately denied entry to the country after nine hours at the airport.

The Serb’s visa was one that did not allow medical exemptions and was canceled, after which he was moved to quarantine at the hotel as his team issued an appeal: this appeal was updated to Monday morning at 10:00 local time (Sunday 23 : 00 GMT).

The Australian Department of Home Affairs appealed for the hearing to be postponed to Wednesday, but their request was denied by Judge Anthony Kelly on Sunday.

On Sunday, the government filed papers in defense of their decision to deny Djokovic entry. “This is because there is no guarantee of entry by a non-citizen to Australia. Rather, there are criteria and conditions for entry and reasons for refusing or canceling a visa,” says the government filing.

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