The government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison revoked Djokovic’s visa for the second time in a public outcry over violations of COVID’s rules.
Novak Djokovic has returned to arrest in Australia after authorities revoked his visa for the second time and threatened him with a vaccinated tennis public superstar.
The world’s top tennis player surrendered to Melbourne officials around 8am on Saturday (21:00 GMT on Friday) following a court order issued on Friday night.
Australian Border Force (ABF) officers took the 34-year-old to his lawyer’s office for an online trial in Federal Court on Saturday at 10:15 a.m. (11:15 p.m. GMT Friday).
His case is now before an appellate court and the trial is scheduled for Sunday.
Two days before the start of the Australian Open, the world’s number one is once again battling arrest and deportation – the latest round in a row in the status quo of the COVID-19 vaccine.
This is the second attempt by the Australian government to oust Djokovic, One of the most skeptical of the vaccine against COVID-19.
The 34-year-old Serbian used a medical exemption to enter Australia earlier this month in order to win the 21st Grand Slam title at the Open.
Amidst the public outcry, the removal of Djokovic’s visa was revoked when Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrived.
“System in play”
Many in Australia – who have suffered from long blockades and border restrictions – believe so Djokovic acted on the system to prevent vaccine entry conditions.
But the government was humiliated a the judge revoked Djokovic’s visa and allowed him to remain in the country.
This time, the government has called on the executive branch – which is difficult to question – to pose a threat to public health and safety.
Government lawyers will argue that Djokovic’s presence sparks sentiment against the Australian vaccine amid a wave of Omicron infections.
Djokovic is also expected to say he will not comply with COVID-19 regulations, posing a risk to public health.
The tennis player hired COVID-19 in mid-December and according to his account, although he did not know that it was a positive isolate.
Public records show that he attended a stamp presentation at a youth tennis event and gave a media interview at the time of the test and confirmed his infection.
I don’t care if Djokovic is fired or not. It is much more important for people to understand how this system works and how this system has treated refugees, in which the immigration minister can also invalidate the courts. https://t.co/JCuuzJND5u
– Behrouz Boochani (@BehrouzBoochani) January 14, 2022
In a statement, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said the government was “firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, especially with regard to the Covid-19 pandemic”, citing “reasons for good health and good order” in Djokovic’s visa waiver decision.
Hawk said it was “in the public interest to do so.”
The government has agreed not to expel Djokovic until the end of the hearing, attorneys Stephen Lloyd said Friday night in a federal emergency court hearing.
Djokovic is the first qualifier for the Australian Open and has won nine times. He had been training for a few hours before being informed of Hawke’s decision.
It is not clear Djokovic If he thinks he can’t compete in the Australian Open he will choose to continue and fight the case.
Serbian President Alexander Vucic on Friday accused Australia of “abusing” the country’s biggest star and national hero.
“If Novak wanted to ban Djokovic from winning the 10th Melbourne trophy, why didn’t you come back immediately, why didn’t you tell him ‘it’s impossible to get a visa’?” Vucic said on Instagram.
“Novak, we’re by your side!”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison backed the decision, saying: “Australians have made a lot of sacrifices in this pandemic, and they rightly hope to support the outcome of those sacrifices.”
The revocation of the visa would mean that Djokovic would be barred from obtaining a new Australian visa for three years, except in certain exceptional circumstances, during which time he would be excluded from the four Grand Slam tournaments.
He is currently tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with 20 Grand Slam titles.