Three Federal Court judges upheld a decision made on Friday by the immigration minister to cancel the 34-year-old Serb’s visa on public interest grounds.
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The decision likely means that Djokovic, who is not vaccinated against COVID-19, will remain in detention in Melbourne until he is deported.
A deportation order usually also includes a three-year ban on returning to Australia.
BREAKING: The court has unanimously ruled against Djokovic. He has to pay the government’s costs. Reasons to come at a later date.
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The minister cancelled the visa on the grounds that Djokovic‘s presence in Australia may be a risk to the health and “good order” of the Australian public and “may be counterproductive to efforts at vaccination by others in Australia.”
Novak Djokovic’s last seven grand slam results:Disqualified🥈🏆🏆🏆🥈DeportedEasily the wildest timeline in tennis history.#AusOpen
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Djokovic’s visa was initially cancelled on January 6 at Melbourne’s airport hours after he arrived to compete in the first Grand Slam of 2022.
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A border official cancelled his visa after deciding Djokovic didn’t qualify for a medical exemption from Australia’s rules for unvaccinated visitors.
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