The government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison will revoke Djokovic’s visa for the second time as people complain about the violation of COVID rules.
Novak Djokovic has returned to prison in Australia, after authorities revoked his visa a second time and declared a professional tennis player who did not receive the vaccine a threat to the public.
The world’s top football player volunteered for officials in Melbourne to interrogate around 8am local time on Saturday (21:00 GMT Friday), following a court order Friday night.
Australian Border Force (ABF) police escorted a 34-year-old player to his lawyer’s office for an online hearing at Federal Court at 10:15 am local time on Saturday (23:15 GMT Friday).
His case is being re-assigned to another court, and he is expected to return on Sunday.
Just two days before the start of the Australian Open, the first in the world to fight for closure and expulsion – a recent twist on the top line of the COVID-19 vaccine.
This is Australia’s second attempt to oust Djokovic, one of the world’s leading skeptics about the COVID-19 vaccine.
The 34-year-old Serbian used a medical permit to enter Australia earlier this month, hoping to challenge the 21st Grand Slam title at the Open.
Amid public outcry, Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government revoked Djokovic’s visa as soon as it arrived.
‘Gaming the System’
Many Australians – who have faced long-term closures and restrictions – believe Djokovic played the machine to evade the need for vaccination.
But the government was embarrassed when a The judge returned Djokovic’s visa and he let him live in the land.
This time, the government has called for special powers – and hard opposition – to declare him a threat to public health and security.
State attorneys are expected to point out that Djokovic’s presence triggers anti-vaccine attitudes in Australia amid an increase in Omicron’s prevalence.
He is also expected to say that Djokovic will not comply with COVID-19 regulations, which could be detrimental to public health.
The tennis tournament entered into a partnership with COVID-19 in December and, according to his history, he failed to isolate himself even though he knew he was in the right frame of mind.
Public records show that he took part in a stamp-opening show, a youth tennis event and interviewed reporters during the test and his condition was confirmed.
I don’t care if they remove Djokovic or not. Most importantly, people need to understand how the system works and how refugees have been treated by the system, in which the Minister of Immigration and Foreign Affairs can even direct the courts. https://t.co/JCuuzJND5u
– Behrouz Boochani (@BehrouzBoochani) January 14, 2022
In a statement, Immigration and Foreign Affairs Minister Alex Hawke said the government had “strongly committed to protecting the Australian border, especially in relation to the Covid-19 plague”, and referred to “health and order” in deciding to cancel Djokovic’s visa again.
Hawke said “it was in the public interest to do so”.
The government has agreed not to evict Djokovic until the trial is over, attorney Stephen Lloyd told the court on Friday night.
Djokovic is the top seed in the Australian Open and the winner of six competitions. He had been trying for a few hours for Hawke’s verdict to be announced.
It is not known if Djokovic will choose to stay and fight the case if they believe they can not compete in the Australian Open.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Friday criticized Australia for “torturing” the world’s biggest star and national hero.
“If you wanted to stop Novak Djokovic from winning the 10th cup in Melbourne why didn’t you return him immediately, why didn’t you tell him it was ‘impossible to get a visa’?” Vucic said on Instagram.
“Novak, we’re standing next to you!”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison echoed the sentiments, saying: “Australians have made great strides during the epidemic, and hope the sacrifices will be protected.”
A visa ban means Djokovic will be barred from obtaining a new Australian visa for three years, except in exceptional circumstances, excluding him from one of the four Grand Slam tournaments at the time.
Here he is bound by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with 20 titles for each Grand Slam.