Novak Djokovic: Tennis star detained ahead of deportation appeal

Novak Djokovic: Tennis star detained ahead of deportation appeal

Jan 15, 2022 by BBC News - Asia

Key Facts

  • Image source, EPA Image caption, Djokovic is still scheduled to play in the Australian Open in Melbourne on Monday Novak Djokovic has been detained in Australia ahead of a court hearing that will determine whether the tennis star can stay in the country unvaccinated.
  • If he were to win the tournament for a 10th time, he would become the most successful men's tennis player in the history of the sport with 21 Grand Slam titles.
  • At the hearing, Justice David O'Callaghan set the time for Sunday's proceeding but said it was yet to be decided whether it would be heard by a single judge or a full court of three.
  • Djokovic's visa was first revoked shortly after his arrival in Melbourne on 6 January, after Australian Border Force officials said he had "failed to provide appropriate evidence" to receive a vaccine exemption.

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