Novak Djokovic a "public threat", back in detention
New Delhi : Australia again detained tennis player Novak Djokovic, tagging him as a threat to public. Australian government has once again appealed in court to deport the unvaccinated player. A federal court hearing is scheduled for Sunday and in the meantime Djokovic was placed under guard at an undisclosed Melbourne location, believed to be his lawyers' offices.
After a short-lived freedom, Novak Djokovic will have to spend the Saturday night in immigration detention.
Djokovic's presence in Australia "may foster anti-vaccination sentiment", immigration minister Alex Hawke argued, justifying his use of broad executive powers to revoke the ace's visa.
Not only could Djokovic encourage people to flout health rules, Hawke said, but his presence could lead to "civil unrest".
Only two days are left for the start of Australian Open and it looks like the tennis star will have to spend most of the remaining time in Law court, rather than tennis court.
For those, who are unaware of the matter, this is Australian government’s second attempt to deport Novak Djokovic.
After months of speculation about whether Djokovic would get vaccinated to play in Australia, he used a medical exemption to enter the country a week ago, hoping to challenge for a record 21st Grand Slam title at the Open.