#Ausopen: Australian Court overturns Novak Djokovic’s Visa Ban

The Australian Federal Judge, Anthony Kelly has ruled the case in favour of Novak Djokovic following the visa cancellation of the Serbian.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic


The Judge in a statement read out the ruling in an emergency virtual court hearing on Monday, January 10th, 2022. Djokovic’s visa was cancelled because of his Covid-19 vaccination status ahead of the Australian Open.

He was detailed in an immigration facility last week arriving in Melbourne ahead of the first grand slam of the year. He had his visa seized and his passport confiscated after the customs officials at the border decide he did not have enough medical justification for a vaccine exemption.

The court will order as follows Paragraph 1, the decision of the delegate to cancel the applicant’s temporary activity subclass 048 visa made on 6 January 2022, be quashed.

This decision means the World Number 1 will be released from detention and will be given back his passport and other belongings confiscated at the time of detention

The Australian government confirmed on Monday that it did not give Djokovic and his team enough time to react after informing him of the visa cancellation.

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