The world number one tennis player is questioning his participation in the Grand Slam while the government is trying to lift his visa.
Novak Djokovic is said to have returned to immigration detention on Saturday after taking his legal challenge to avoid being expelled from Australia for not being vaccinated against COVID-19.
A Federal Court trial was scheduled for Sunday, with the men’s first-place tennis player and nine-time Australian Open champion defending his title the day before the start of the first annual Grand Slam tennis tournament.
Djokovic was back in limbo for a week after winning a legal battle.
Here is the controversial case and what could happen next:
Djokovic says many Australians – who have endured long blockades and border restrictions play vaccine prevention system.
But the government was humiliated when the judge reset It allowed him to stay in Djokovic’s visa and stay in the country.
This time, the government called on the executive branch – which is difficult to question – as a threat to public health and safety.
“While I accept that Mr Djokovic has a low individual risk of transmitting COVID-19 to other people, I believe his presence could be a risk to the health of the Australian community,” Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said in a letter. Djokovic and his legal team.
What does Djokovic say?
The tennis player hired COVID-19 in mid-December and, according to his account, he failed despite knowing that the isolation was positive.
Public records show that he attended a stamp presentation at a youth tennis event and gave a media interview when the test was performed and his infection was confirmed.
Djokovic’s lawyers said on Friday that the exile would increase sentiment against vaccines.
What do other players say?
The controversy has overshadowed the usual Grand Slam event, and the players were fed up with the saga.
“I’m really a little tired of the situation, because I think it’s important to talk about our sport, tennis,” Spanish Rafael Nadal, who has been linked to Djokovic in 20 major championships, told reporters at Melbourne Park. the ceremony will be played.
German Alexander Zverev, the world number one, has said that Djokovic has been treated unfairly and that the Serb could be used as a political pawn by the Australian authorities, Canberra has denied something.
“This, of course, is not a good thing for everyone, especially for him. But don’t question his legacy because of that, ”Zverev said.
“I mean, he had a visa, right? I don’t think he would have gone with any luck without thinking that he would be able to play here without the right permission to be in the country. If you had a visa, you’d think you’d be playing. ‘
Demonstrators gathered near the Australian Open headquarters in response to the treatment of the Serbian tennis star. Opponents of the vaccination orders and supporters of Djokovic were mixed in the demonstration.
“They’re being treated like a criminal, as if they did something bad,” Neb Jovanovic said. “He came in with a valid exception and now they’re trying to pick out all those other reasons, and why? The only other reason is to win political points. ”
Jeanette Wight, a supporter of Djokovic, said: “I’m ashamed to be Australian.”