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Novak Djokovic: Court Ruling Against Tennis Star’s Deportation Appeal

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Tennis’ number one men’s player Novak Djokovic has lost his court application against deportation from Australia, a Federal Court announced on Sunday afternoon local time.

The controversial tennis superstar had his Australian visa canceled for the second time on Friday in a government decision.

The Friday decision was taken by federal Immigration Minister Alex Hawke who used discretionary powers to overturn an earlier court ruling. Hawke argued that the Djokovic, who has chosen not to be vaccinated against COVID-19, may pose a danger to the public. Djokovic was given leave to apply to the court to review the executive decision.

The court dismissed the application to review the ministerial decision, and said that costs apply. The ruling was the unanimous decision of the three judges, it said.

The court then gave Djokovic’s legal team a further 30 minutes to make representations. After that, the court may issue further orders.

Djokovic is in Melbourne to play at the Australian Open, the first grand slam tournament of the year. Earlier on Sunday, it was announced that his first round match had been scheduled for Monday evening local time.

On his arrival in the country, on Jan. 6, 2022, Djokovic was detained by border forces. Authorities later canceled his visa, arguing that Djokovic did not meet the entry requirements. Djokovic was held for four nights in immigration detention pending his appeal to the courts.

In the first case, Federal Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly examined documents presented by Djokovic’s lawyers. These included a medical exemption certificate issued by a professor and an exemption granted to him by an expert panel in Victoria state.

Later, however, it emerged that Djokovic had incorrectly filled out one of the forms on his visa application, misstated his travel history, and broken self-quarantine rules by giving an in-person interview to a French journalist on Dec. 18, 2021, shortly after Djokovic had tested positive for the disease.