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Novak Djokovic is back under arrest at the Park Hotel before his appeal against the revocation of his visa Sunday morning in the Australian Federal Court.

After meeting his lawyers for several hours, Djokovic was taken to the same immigration hotel where he spent four nights last week for what he hopes will be his last.

Set a date for the appeal hearing

The visa hearing is scheduled for 9:30 am on Sunday (10:30 pm UK time) in the Australian Federal Court.

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The tennis star’s visa was canceled for the first time when he arrived in Melbourne last week

Djokovic’s lawyers say his visa was revoked not because of the public health risks posed by the unvaccinated Serbian player, but because of the way it could be viewed by the country’s anti-vaccination campaigners.

“Australians have made many sacrifices”

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison himself welcomed the prospect of Djokovic being deported from Australia, saying: “Australians have made so many sacrifices during this pandemic, and they rightly expect to protect the outcome of those sacrifices.”

But Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has criticized the Australian government, accusing it of “harassing” and “mistreating” Djokovic, and questioned whether it was trying to score political points before the upcoming elections.

tennis star His visa was first canceled upon arrival in Melbourne last week when he was Corona virus disease The exemption from vaccination was questioned.

but he Win an Appeal Against Cancellation that allowed him to stay in the country.

At the time, the Australian government said it would continue to consider whether he could stay, a decision that was at the discretion of Immigration Minister Alex Hawke.

Serbian defender... Novak Djokovic trains at Margaret Court Arena ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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Djokovic’s camp hopes to make a decision before the tournament begins

Visa canceled for public health reasons

Mr Hook announced on Friday that the Serbia visa had been canceled again, this time on public health grounds.

Djokovic’s release from custody on Monday resulted in police peppering his supporters, and Hook pointed to the possibility of civil unrest, though his lawyers will say on Sunday that the same could result from his deportation.

There have been criticisms of the Australian government’s handling of the situation but public opinion is in full support of Djokovic’s repatriation.

“I consider that Mr Djokovic’s continued presence in Australia may lead to an increase in anti-vaccination sentiment in the Australian community, which could lead to an increase in civil unrest of the kind Australia experienced previously with rallies and protests which may itself be a source of community transmission,” Mr Hook said in A letter that formed part of the court files.

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At a court hearing, Djokovic’s lawyers requested an injunction to prevent his deportation from the country, saying the reasons behind Mr Hook’s decision were “manifestly irrational”.

Djokovic is scheduled to play the first round match on Monday

Djokovic’s lawyers have been pressing for a hearing on Sunday, hoping a decision will be made before the Australian Open kicks off.

Djokovic is scheduled to play his first-round match against fellow Serbian Miomir Kikmanovic on Monday.

Nadal is “tired” of the situation

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The Australian Open is more important than any other player

Meanwhile, there was growing frustration among other players with the Djokovic saga that overshadowed the Australian Open.

Speaking at a pre-tournament press conference, longtime rival Rafa Nadal said: “Honestly, I’m a little tired of the situation because I think it’s important to talk about our sport and tennis.

“It is very clear that Novak Djokovic is undoubtedly one of the best players in history. But there is not a single player in history more important than the event.

“The Australian Open is so much more important than any player. If he plays last, well. If he doesn’t, it’s going to be a great Australian Open at the Australian Open with or without him.”

Nadal added: “Everyone chooses his own path. I wish him all the best. I really respect him, even if I don’t agree with a lot of the things he’s done in the past two weeks.”

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“I feel like the situation, I feel like it took a bit from the great tennis that was happening this summer in Australia,” said British tennis star Emma Radocano.

The US Open winner referred to Andy Murray’s arrival in the Sydney Classic, which she said was “pretty cool”.

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