Novak Djokovic won’t be deported tonight with Australian Open fiasco set to rumble on

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Novak Djokovic will not be deported from Australia on Monday after the cancellation of his visa was overturned at a court hearing, according to reports. The Serb, who is hoping to defend his Australian Open title in Melbourne later this month, was initially denied entry to the country after seeing his visa revoked upon his arrival.

Djokovic was detained on Thursday after more detail was demanded with regards to his medical exemption to enter Australia and compete in the first Grand Slam of the new year.

It was eventually ruled on Monday that his visa cancellation order would be immediately quashed and that he would be released from detention with immediate effect.

However, it has since been reported in Serbia that Djokovic was quickly re-arrested and that he is facing deportation ahead of the start of the tournament.

Meanwhile, conflicting reports have suggested that his fate is still unclear, with Australia’s immigration minister Alex Hawke retaining the power to cancel Djokovic’s visa in spite of the verdict.

It seems as though Djokovic will remain in Australia until at least Tuesday, with a final decision not expected to arrive before the close of play on Monday, according to The Guardian.

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A spokesperson for Hawke is quoted as saying: “Following today’s Federal Circuit … determination on a procedural ground, it remains within immigration minister Hawke’s discretion to consider cancelling Mr Djokovic’s visa under his personal power of cancellation within section 133C(3) of the Migration Act.

“The minister is currently considering the matter and the process remains ongoing.”


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