Tennis star’s Australian Open hopes in the balance as visa appeal hearing starts

Novak Djokovic has had many a winning day on the court, but now faces an almighty battle in court, as he fights to remain in Melbourne to compete in the Australian Open.

The unvaccinated Serb had his visa revoked on arrival to Australia last week and he has spent the last four nights at a notorious Melbourne immigration detention facility.

The 34-year-old’s lawyers will tell the court he should be allowed to remain in Australia because a recent second Covid infection made him exempt from vaccine entry requirements.

Government lawyers reject that argument saying Djokovic failed to meet the medical criteria as his illness was not “acute,” according to a filing late on Sunday.

They will seek to have his appeal dismissed with costs, paving the way for his deportation as soon as Monday evening.

The online federal court hearing is scheduled to start at 10:00 am (2300 GMT Sunday).

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