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World number one tennis player Novak Djokovic is back in immigration custody after his visa was canceled for the second time for not having been vaccinated against Corona. Your appeal against visa cancellation will be heard before the three-judge High Court. The matter will be heard in Federal Court on Sunday while the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open, begins on Monday.

Djokovic, the defending champion, has won the Australian Open title nine times. Police have closed off the lane behind the building where Djokovic’s lawyers are staying. On Saturday afternoon, two vehicles left there. Television footage showed Djokovic sitting in the back seat wearing a mask as the vehicle pulled up outside the immigration detention hotel. The Australian Associate Press reported that Djokovic is back in custody. He had also spent four nights in the same hotel previously.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said on Friday that he had used his privileges as minister to revoke the 34-year-old Serb’s visa on grounds of public interest. Hawke said he made this decision for health reasons with the public interest in mind. It said in a statement: “The Morrison Government is committed to protecting Australia’s borders during this period of the Corona epidemic.” Djokovic’s visa has been canceled for the second time.

His visa was revoked by the Australian Border Force on his arrival in Melbourne last week because he did not meet the criteria required for medical exemption from Australia’s strict coronavirus vaccination rules. He spent four nights in the segregation hotel, after which the judge handed down a verdict in his favor on Monday. Meanwhile, in a social media post, Djokovic admitted that there was an error in his travel details form, but called it an unintentional human error by his agent. Hawke, however, did not cancel his public interest visa because of this. His lawyers filed documents in court in which Hawke said that Djokovic is considered an opponent of vaccination. In Australia, 89 per cent of people over the age of 16 and 100 per cent of the elderly have been vaccinated.

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