Novak Djokovic has returned to the Park Hotel detention facility in Melbourne Awaiting his case to be heard on Sunday morning (Saturday evening in Italy) before the Australian Federal Court. CNN reports. The No. 1 tennis player is seen inside a white van arriving at the hotel, which is also used as a refugee detention center, after leaving his lawyer’s office on Saturday afternoon, Australian time. Yesterday morning, the Australian Department of Immigration revoked Djokovic’s visa for the second time, and he stopped in Melbourne where he went to participate in the Australian Open scheduled for Monday.
According to the Australian government, the presence of Australia’s number one tennis player, who is not vaccinated against Covid, “could encourage anti-vaccine sentiment”. The Australian authorities had submitted a note to the court in this regard, demanding the expulsion of the Serb from the country.
Djokovic’s case will be heard starting at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday (11:30 p.m. in Italy) by the entire three-judge Federal Court, a format that leaves no room for appeal.
“The Australian Open is more important than any player.” These are the words of Rafa Nadal in his comment on the situation of Novak Djokovic, who remains in custody pending a discussion of his appeal against his expulsion from Australia. “The Australian Open is going to be the great Australian Open, with or without it,” concluded the Spaniard.
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