Novak Djokovic taken into custody ahead of Melbourne court trial


More excitement in the entry thriller about tennis star Novak Djokovic (34)!

The Serb was taken into custody by the Australian border authorities on Saturday morning (local time). No surprise, because Judge Anthony Kelly had determined exactly that on Friday at the appeal hearing against the visa revocation.

Accordingly, the hearing before the immigration authorities was scheduled for 8 a.m. local time. Until then, the number 1 in the world was allowed to consult with her lawyers throughout the night. Since there was still time after the hearing until the hearing before the federal court at 10.15 a.m., Djokovic was arrested.



Media crowd outside the immigration office on Londsdale Street in MelbournePhoto: LOREN ELLIOTT/REUTERS

It is unclear where he was taken to. The lawyers asked that he not be taken back to the Park Hotel, the deportation hotel in Melbourne, where he was being held until last Monday. They want to avoid media hype, protest actions and, if necessary, attacks on the building.

Djokovic has already had his visa withdrawn twice by immigration authorities for not being vaccinated against Corona.

Australia’s Immigration Minister Alex Hawke (44) did this for “reasons of public health and order.” The 20-time Grand Slam winner immediately loses the right to stay in Australia.

Meanwhile, Serbian Coronavirus Crisis Team member Zoran Gojkovic revealed that Djokovic’s positive PCR test is said to be actually from December 16. “It’s absolutely valid,” he said. He also contradicted Prime Minister Ana Brnabic (46), who accused Djokovic of not having gone into isolation. “By that point, those provisions no longer existed,” he said.

Accordingly, Djokovic has no fear of punishment, at least in Serbia.

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