Novak Djokovic’s lawyers have asked an Australian court to prevent the tennis star from being deported ahead of the Australian Open, claiming the government’s decision to cancel his visa was “patently irrational.”
After the Australian government cancelled his visa for the second time, the world No. 1 faces deportation and a possible three-year ban.
At a hearing late Friday night, his lawyers sought an injunction to prevent his deportation from the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.
The decision to cancel Djokovic’s visa was “patently irrational,” according to Nick Wood, Djokovic’s lawyer.
Djokovic’s visa was revoked, he claimed, because his presence in the country could incite anti-vaccination sentiment, not because he was unvaccinated.
Mr Wood said he would file appeal submissions by Saturday noon and requested a hearing on Sunday, just hours before the Australian Open begins.
Australian government spokesman Steven Lloyd said the tennis player would not be detained overnight.
On Saturday at 8 a.m., he is scheduled to meet with immigration officials.
Austrаliа’s immigrаtion minister, Alex Hаwke, issued а stаtement shortly before 6 p.m. (7 а.m. UK time) on Fridаy, stаting thаt he hаd decided to deport Djokovic “on heаlth аnd good order grounds.”
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