MELBOURNE – An Australian court on Monday ordered the release of Novak Djokovic, the Serbian tennis player, who had been detained since last Thursday in a Melbourne hotel after revoking his visa for not being interfered with. Vaccine against covid-19.
Judge Anthony Kelly of Melbourne Federal Court has ordered the Australian government to implement the release order within the next 30 minutes, hand over his passport and personal effects, and pay the legal costs of Djokovic, who can play in the Australian Open.
Government attorney general Christopher Tran told the judge after the decision that the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Immigration Services and Multicultural Affairs, Alex Hawke, would “consider whether to exercise his personal power to overturn.”
This means Djokovic could face relocation again and miss the Australian Open, which kicks off on January 17.
The Australian government has canceled the visa of 34-year-old Djokovic after she arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday to compete in the Australian Open because officials decided he did not meet the entry requirement exception criteria for non-residents to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Djokovic, who court documents say has not been vaccinated, said he did not need proof of vaccination because he had evidence of coronavirus infection last month.