Novak Djokovic detained ahead of deportation appeal

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Melbourne: 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.

The Serbian faces deportation after his visa was cancelled for a second time, with the government labelling the 34-year-old a threat to the public.

His lawyers are appealing against what they called an “irrational” judgement, with the hearing set for Sunday. His case now moves to an appeals court and a hearing is scheduled for Sunday.

Djokovic is still scheduled to play the Australian Open on Monday in Melbourne.

Just two days before the Australian Open begins, the world number one is again fighting detention and deportation – the latest twist in a high-profile row over his COVID-19 vaccine status.

This is the second attempt by Australia’s government to deport Djokovic, one of the world’s most high-profile COVID-19 vaccine sceptics.

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