Novak Djokovic wins visa appeal, judge permits him to stay in Australia01/10/2022
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Novak Djokovic won his visa appeal against the Australian government on Monday.
Australian Federal Court quashed the government’s decision to cancel the Serbian tennis star’s visa on Monday, ending his detention and appearing to clear the path for him to play in the Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during the Men’s Single’s Second Semi-Final match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Alexander Zverev of Germany on Day Seven of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at Pala Alpitour on November 20, 2021 in Turin, Italy.
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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates beating Japan’s Kei Nishikori during their Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games men’s singles quarterfinal tennis match at the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo on July 29, 2021. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP) (Photo by TIZIANA FABI/AFP via Getty Images)
Wood agreed that there was nothing more Djokovic could’ve done.
Djokovic had been placed in an immigration detention hotel used to house refugees and asylum seekers.
Lawyers for Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said in their submission that if the judge ruled in favor of the tennis star, immigration officials might cancel his visa a second time. They said the vaccination requirement could only be deferred for arriving travelers who have had a COVID-19 infection if their illness was acute.
“There is no suggestion that the applicant (Djokovic) had ‘acute major medical illness’ in December” when he tested positive, the submission said.
Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, serves against Jenson Brooksby, of the United States, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Monday, Sept. 6, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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Djokovic could face a three-year ban from the country if his visa is canceled and is deported.
The world’s No. 1 tennis player has 20 major titles. The 2022 Australian Open begins next week. Djokovic is the defending champion.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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