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Djokovic’s Australian visa hearing is underway

The males’s world tennis No. 1 Novak Djokovic is awaiting a verdict in a court docket hearing on whether or not he might be allowed to defend his males’s singles title on the Australian Open this month.

The 34-year-old’s visa was canceled after he entered Australia on January 5 and he has been confined to a lodge in Melbourne whereas he mounts his authorized problem.

Court paperwork, revealed Saturday and had been submitted to the court docket forward of Monday’s hearing, confirmed Djokovic — who has beforehand voiced opposition to Covid-19 vaccines and vaccines mandates — was unvaccinated when he arrived in Australia on January 5.

The nine-time Australian Open champion examined constructive for Covid-19 on December 16, 2021, and after not exhibiting indicators of a fever or “respiratory symptoms” he later utilized for a medical exemption to compete within the Australian Open, in keeping with a court docket submitting.

According to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization’s Expanded Guidance on non permanent medical exemptions for Covid-19 vaccines, an exemption may be granted for visa holders in some instances involving a “PCR-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection, where vaccination can be deferred until 6 months after the infection.”

But the Australian federal authorities disputes that declare. Court paperwork present his visa was canceled as a result of “earlier an infection with Covid-19 is not thought-about a medical contraindication for Covid-19 vaccination in Australia.”

If the court upholds the cancellation, Djokovic will be deported as soon as appropriate travel arrangements can be made.

The hearing on Monday has now began, with Judge Anthony Kelly presiding.

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