World number Novak Djokovic appeal cancellation of his visa by the Australian authorities over rift with covid-19 vaccination


Novak Djokovic has been transported to a quarantined hotel in Melbourne after being denied entry into Australia, while court documents suggest his team has applied for an injunction against the visa cancellation.

In the early hours of Thursday morning Australia time, Djokovic was denied entry into the country after his visa was canceled by border force officials at Melbourne airport.

After being held at the city’s airport overnight, the 34-year-old was reportedly told he would be removed from the country later on Thursday.

Australia’s Border Force confirmed Djokovic’s visa had been revoked, while Djokovic’s injunction request against the visa cancellation was listed for hearing at 4 pm (0500 GMT) in the Federal Circuit and Family Court, according to court documents – a hearing which was later adjourned until 6 pm (0700 GMT).

The saga has created an international incident with the Serbian president claiming harassment of its star player.

“There are no special cases, rules are rules,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said at a televised media briefing.

“We will continue to make the right decisions when it comes to securing Australian borders in relation to this pandemic,” Morrison said.

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