Despite some claims and reports, the 20-time Major champion Novak Djokovic has not been arrested in Melbourne on Monday night! Novak is defending his case in front of the court, trying to get the Australian visa and enter the season’s first Major event, despite all the issues since last Wednesday. Significant police presence was noted at the office of Djokovic’s lawyers on Collins St. in Melbourne, with white vans heading into the underground car park. Australian federal police did not arrest Novak, and his saga continues, as the immigration minister has four hours to re-cancel his visa. Novak gained a small victory of his legal appeal earlier on Monday, quashing the border officer’s initial decision to cancel his visa. The Australian government has expressed its readiness to cancel the visa again, as Novak prepared for a more severe battle later on Monday. As his court case continued, an Australian judge agreed to delay any effort to deport the world’s leading player.
Novak Djokovic experiences quite a saga in Melbourne on Monday.
Judge Anthony Kelly’s hearing about Djokovic’s legal challenge to the Australian government’s decision to revoke his entry visa raised concerns about the Serb’s treatment in a hotel after he was detained on arrival at Melbourne’s airport. Government lawyers had earlier indicated they would be willing to delay the deportation order, which is hanging over Novak, as he seeks to remain in Australia and battle for the tenth Australian Open crown at Melbourne Park. Judge Kelly stated it appeared Djokovic had received the required medical exemption from the coronavirus vaccination before he traveled to Melbourne to kick off his season and presented evidence of that when he landed on Wednesday evening. Djokovic’s Australian saga has been closely followed worldwide and sparked heated debate over national vaccination mandates.
Since Thursday, Djokovic has been held in an immigration detention hotel alongside long-term asylum seeker detainees. Novak landed in Melbourne last Wednesday with a “medical exemption,” hoping to defend his Australian Open crown and seek the record-breaking 21st Major title. Instead of heading towards the practice court, Novak was questioned at the airport overnight before having his visa revoked and being transferred to a Melbourne immigration detention facility, where he faced deportation. Djokovic was deemed to have not provided adequate evidence of a medical exemption, which turned his visa into an invalid one.