Novak Djokovic returns to court to fight Australia deportation

Djokovic's lawyers warned the Federal Court that the Australian government's claims was unsubstantiated by evidence

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On Sunday, Novak Djokovic appeared in court for the second round to defend the Australian government’s effort to deport him.

The world’s number one men’s tennis player, Novak Djokovic, who has not been vaccinated against COVID-19, is appealing Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s use of delegated power to reject his visa, stating that his participation will foster anti-vaccination attitudes.

Djokovic’s lawyers warned the Federal Court that the Australian government’s claims was unsubstantiated by evidence.

Djokovic’s agent, Nick Wood, emphasized how the player participated in the Australian Open and other big tournaments across the world last year without sparking anti-vaccination protests or disturbances.

Accroding to Wood

If there was any foundation for thinking that Mr Djokovic’s presence and participation at a tennis tournament might somehow lead to this anti-vax sentiment, one would expect that it would be supported by some kind of evidence about anti-vax protests or rallies or the like at tennis events.

Regardless of the fact that the immigration minister had uncovered nothing of the sort, Wood maintained that Novak Djokovic’s compelled deportation may strengthen the anti-vaccination movement and demonstrations.

The three Federal Court judges expect to resolve the case in one day, enabling the nine-time Australian Open champion to commence his title defence at the year’s first Grand Slam tennis tournament on Monday.

Novak Djokovic has endured a bumpy 10 days since arriving in Australia on January 5 after refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The tennis player tried to enter the country with a medical exemption from the country’s vaccination standards, but was denied entry.

His exemption sparked viral outrage in Australia, which has been forced to some of the world’s worst COVID-19 lockdowns and where more than 90% of adults have been vaccinated.


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