Novak Djokovic was despatched again to a infamous immigration detention lodge as his visa battle with the Australian authorities continued on Saturday.

Having as soon as did not deport the unvaccinated 34-year-old from the nation, Australia’s conservative authorities is making an attempt once more, calling the tennis star a risk to public order who may spark ‘civil unrest’.

And once more the tennis world no. 1 is preventing again, with a brand new federal courtroom enchantment scheduled for Sunday, the day earlier than the Australian Open – and Djokovic’s defence of his title – is scheduled to start.

The Serbian ace is again at a infamous Melbourne immigration detention facility after a couple of short-lived days of freedom following his first profitable courtroom enchantment in opposition to the unique determination to cancel his visa on January 5.

A motorcade was noticed transferring from his legal professionals’ workplaces – the place he had been stored below guard for many of Saturday – to the previous Park Lodge facility. 

For hundreds of thousands around the globe, the Serbian star is greatest often known as a gangly all-conquering tennis champion with a ferocious backhand and his anti-vaccine stance.

In courtroom filings Australia has forged him as a talisman for anti-vaxxers and a catalyst for potential ‘civil unrest’, who should be eliminated within the public curiosity.

Djokovic’s presence in Australia ‘could foster anti-vaccination sentiment’, immigration minister Alex Hawke argued, justifying his use of broad govt powers to revoke the ace’s visa.

Not solely may Djokovic encourage folks to flout well being guidelines, Hawke stated, however his presence may result in ‘civil unrest’.

So with simply two days earlier than the Australian Open begins, the defending nine-time champion is once more centered on regulation courts quite than centre courtroom.

The visa cancellation means Djokovic can be barred from acquiring a brand new Australian visa for 3 years, besides below distinctive circumstances, ruling him out of one of many 4 Grand Slam tournaments throughout that point.

He’s presently tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with 20 Grand Slam titles every. 

Djokovic was pushed contained in the Park Lodge compound at Carlton in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon, the place he should stay till his Federal Courtroom enchantment is heard on Monday morning (pictured, Djokovic within the again seat of a automobile returning to an official detention centre on Saturday)

Pictured: Novak Djokovic in seen during a practice session ahead of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, 14 January 14 2022 - just hours before it was announced his visa was to be cancelled for a second time

Pictured: Novak Djokovic in seen throughout a observe session forward of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, 14 January 14 2022 – simply hours earlier than it was introduced his visa was to be cancelled for a second time


Novak Djokovic’s defence of his Australian Open title stays unsure after Australian immigration officers cancelled his visa for the second time. 

This is how the saga has unfolded:

Jan 4: Djokovic tweets that he’s on his solution to the Australian Open below a medical exemption. 

He writes on Instagram: ‘I’ve spent implausible high quality time with my family members over the break and in the present day I am heading Down Below with an exemption permission. Let’s go 2022!!’

Jan 5: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison warns Djokovic he can be on the ‘subsequent airplane house’ if his medical exemption is deemed inadequate, and is adamant Djokovic won’t obtain preferential therapy.

Jan 5: Djokovic’s visa is cancelled upon his arrival in Melbourne. The Australian Border Power declares that the participant ‘failed to supply acceptable proof to fulfill the entry necessities for Australia’.

Jan 6: Djokovic is distributed to the Park Lodge in Melbourne after being refused a visa. He launches an enchantment, which is adjourned till 10am on January 10. Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic says Djokovic is the sufferer of ‘persecution’.

Jan 9: Djokovic’s legal professionals declare he was granted a vaccine exemption to enter Australia as a result of he recorded a optimistic Covid-19 check in Serbia on December 16.

Nevertheless, social media posts recommend he attended plenty of social occasions within the days following his obvious prognosis.

Jan 10: Djokovic’s visa cancellation is quashed by Decide Anthony Kelly, who orders the Australian Authorities to pay authorized prices and launch Djokovic from detention inside half-an-hour. Djokovic says he’s ‘happy and grateful’ and needs to ‘keep and attempt to compete’.

Jan 11: Djokovic’s title defence stays unsure because the Australian Immigration Minister ponders whether or not to over-ride the courtroom’s ruling, reportedly attributable to an alleged deceptive declare made by Djokovic on his entry type regarding his actions within the 14 days previous to arrival in Australia.

Jan 12: Djokovic admits making an ‘error of judgement’ by attending an interview with a French journalist whereas Covid optimistic. 

He provides that, though he attended a kids’s tennis occasion the day after being examined, he didn’t obtain notification of the optimistic check till after the occasion.

Jan 13: Djokovic is drawn to face fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic within the first spherical.

Jan 14: Immigration minister Minister Alex Hawke cancels Djokovic’s visa for a second time, saying in a press release it was ‘on well being and good order grounds’.

Jan 15: Djokovic returns to infamous immigration detention centre forward of federal courtroom listening to on Sunday. 

Reporting by PA 

The Serbian tennis star was noticed being pushed contained in the Park Lodge compound at Carlton in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon, the place he should stay till his Federal Courtroom enchantment is heard on Sunday morning. 

It’s anticipated the champion participant, who has polarised opinions around the globe, will spend at the very least yet another evening within the infamous detention centre alongside asylum seekers. 

On Saturday he spoke with immigration officers at an undisclosed location at 8am. Border authorities later detained the 34-year-old following a court-ordered association.

Djokovic’s legal professionals then made their submissions throughout the on-line Federal Courtroom listening to presided by Decide David O’Callaghan at his solicitors’ workplaces at 10.15am.

His high-powered authorized group is anticipated to have a harder time overturning the most recent visa ban than they did on January 10, when an Australian Border Power official had him detained the primary time. 

After months of hypothesis about whether or not Djokovic would get vaccinated to play in Australia, he used a medical exemption to enter the nation per week in the past, hoping to problem for a report twenty first Grand Slam title on the Open.

Many Australians – who’ve suffered extended lockdowns and border restrictions – imagine Djokovic gamed the system to dodge vaccine entry necessities.

Amid public outcry, Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s authorities revoked Djokovic’s visa on arrival.

However the authorities was humiliated when a decide reinstated Djokovic’s visa and allowed him to stay within the nation.

This time, the federal government has invoked distinctive – and tough to problem – govt powers to declare him a risk to public well being and security.

Consultants say the case has taken on significance past the destiny of 1 man who occurs to be good at tennis.

‘The case is prone to outline how vacationers, international guests and even Australian residents view the nation’s immigration insurance policies and ‘equality earlier than the regulation’ for years to return,’ stated Sanzhuan Guo, a regulation lecturer at Flinders College.

Djokovic’s legal professionals argue the federal government ‘cited no proof’ to help their claims.

The minister admitted that Djokovic is at ‘negligible’ danger of infecting Australians, however argued his previous ‘disregard’ for Covid-19 rules could pose a danger to public well being and encourage folks to disregard pandemic guidelines.

The tennis ace contracted Covid-19 in mid-December and, in accordance with his personal account, did not isolate regardless of understanding he was optimistic.

Public information present he attended a stamp unveiling, youth tennis occasion and granted a media interview across the time he obtained examined and his newest an infection was confirmed.

Djokovic is the Australian Open’s high seed and a nine-time winner of the event. He had been practising simply hours earlier than Hawke’s determination was introduced. 

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Friday accused Australia of ‘mistreating’ the nation’s greatest star, and a nationwide hero.

‘For those who needed to ban Novak Djokovic from successful the tenth trophy in Melbourne why did not you come him instantly, why did not you inform him ‘it’s inconceivable to acquire a visa’?’ Vucic stated on Instagram.

‘Novak, we stand by you!’ 

Media and protesters gathered outside the notorious detention centre hotel where the unvaccinated Serbian tennis star is housed (pictured, a car returning Novak Djokovic returns to the Park Hotel in Melbourne)

Media and protesters gathered exterior the infamous detention centre lodge the place the unvaccinated Serbian tennis star is housed (pictured, a automobile returning Novak Djokovic returns to the Park Lodge in Melbourne)

Pro-refugee protesters assembled out the Carlton hotel that Djokovic was taken back to on Saturday. The hotel is notorious with asylum seeker advocates (pictured, protesters and media outside the Park Hotel in Melbourne)

Professional-refugee protesters assembled out the Carlton lodge that Djokovic was taken again to on Saturday. The lodge is infamous with asylum seeker advocates (pictured, protesters and media exterior the Park Lodge in Melbourne)

Anti-vax supporters and anti-immigration detention protesters assembled at Rod Laver Enviornment and outdoors the infamous detention centre the place some asylum seekers have been housed for years.

On the tennis stadium 200 anti-vaccine protesters chanted ‘free Novak’ and ‘let him play’ in addition to numerous slogans against vaccines and masks mandates.

Djokovic was seen arriving behind a white sedan as he re-entered the detention centre compound carrying a inexperienced tracksuit and white facemask. 

Because the Australian Open high seed went again into detention, the rival racing to assert a report 21 Grand Slam titles, Spaniard Rafael Nadal, admitted his annoyance on the give attention to the Serb celebrity.

‘Actually I am a bit of bit uninterested in the state of affairs as a result of I simply imagine that it is essential to speak about our sport, about tennis,’ Nadal stated.

‘There is no such thing as a one participant in historical past that’s extra essential than an occasion, no? [It] can be an awesome Australian Open with or with out him.’ 

Young US Open champion, Emma Raducanu said the scandal had become a distraction

Younger US Open champion, Emma Raducanu stated the scandal had change into a distraction

Novak's big rival Rafa Nadal said no-one is bigger than the Australian Open

Novak’s massive rival Rafa Nadal stated no-one is larger than the Australian Open

Novak Djokovic (pictured with his wife) is gunning for his 21st Grand Slam title, which would see him surpass fellow legends Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic (pictured together with his spouse) is gunning for his twenty first Grand Slam title, which might see him surpass fellow legends Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal 

Tsitsipas, who was beaten by Djokovic in the French Open final last year (pictured), said the Serbian world No 1 was 'playing by his own rules'

Tsitsipas, who was overwhelmed by Djokovic within the French Open ultimate final yr (pictured), stated the Serbian world No 1 was ‘enjoying by his personal guidelines’

The quantity 4 participant within the males’s draw, Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas blasted Djokovic for making his vaccinated fellow gamers ‘appear like fools.’

‘The stats say 98 per cent of gamers have been vaccinated and did what they needed to do with a purpose to come and carry out and play in Australia,’ Tsitsipas instructed Indian community WIO Information. ‘A really small group selected to observe their very own method and it sort of makes the bulk appear like they’re all fools or one thing.’ 

In the meantime good younger US Open champion, Emma Raducanu spoke out on Saturday saying the scandal was a distraction.

 ‘I really feel it has taken away a bit of bit from the good tennis that is been occurring over this summer time in Australia… like in that method it has been a distraction.’

She believed folks had been lacking the performances of different stars worthy of attenton, akin to returning Brit Andy Murray.

Defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka known as the Djokovic saga ‘unlucky’ and ‘unhappy’ and stated it might be the defining second of his profession.

‘I feel it is an unlucky state of affairs. He is such an awesome participant and it is sort of unhappy that some folks may bear in mind (him) on this method,’ she stated. 

The important thing causes behind Djokovic’s visa cancellation had been revealed on Saturday with Minister Alex Hawke saying his presence in Australia could ‘foster anti-vaccination sentiment’.

Mr Hawke introduced on Friday he had cancelled the Serbian tennis star’s visa for a second time, citing an extended record of causes together with that Djokovic confirmed an ‘obvious disregard’ to isolate following a optimistic check end result. 

The key reasons behind Novak Djokovic 's visa cancellation have been revealed with Immigration Minister Alex Hawke saying his presence in Australia may 'foster anti-vaccination sentiment'

The important thing causes behind Novak Djokovic ‘s visa cancellation have been revealed with Immigration Minister Alex Hawke saying his presence in Australia could ‘foster anti-vaccination sentiment’

Court documents show the reasons for Mr Hawke's cancellation of Djokovic's visa

Courtroom paperwork present the explanations for Mr Hawke’s cancellation of Djokovic’s visa

Djokovic also posed a 'risk to the good order of the Australian community', Mr Hawke said, in that his stay in Australia may create 'public disruption' to values of the Australian society

Djokovic additionally posed a ‘danger to the great order of the Australian neighborhood’, Mr Hawke stated, in that his keep in Australia could create ‘public disruption’ to values of the Australian society

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke (pictured) cancelled Djokovic's visa for a second time. The Serbian star is fighting his deportation

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke (pictured) cancelled Djokovic’s visa for a second time. The Serbian star is preventing his deportation

‘I contemplate that Mr Djokovic’s ongoing presence in Australia could result in a rise in anti-vaccination sentiment generated within the Australian neighborhood, probably resulting in a rise in civil unrest of the sort beforehand skilled in Australia with rallies and protests which can themselves be a supply of neighborhood transmission,’ Mr Hawke stated as seen in courtroom paperwork. 

The drama across the Novak Djokovic affair is ready to be captured in a docuseries that can be a tennis model of Drive To Survive.

Sportsmail understands {that a} crew is already in Australia filming what has been probably the most explosive begin to a tennis season lately, because of the fiasco surrounding the world No 1.

The game’s often disjointed governing stakeholders have united to help and approve the brand new undertaking, that can ultimately air on Netflix.