Novak Djokovic’s lawyer says the Australian Minister who cancelled the visa did so because of the potential for Novak’s presence to “excite anti-vax sentiment” and called this “patently irrational,” The Spectator reported.
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The tennis stars barrister also confirmed his client is not in detention and it is their understanding he will not be detained tonight.
He is required to be “at a location” at 8am tomorrow.
It is also reported that his lawyers want a hearing on Sunday before the Australian Open begins.
Australia’s immigration minister Alex Hawke cancelled Djokovic’s visa on Friday “on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so”.
Tsitsipas added that in his opinion everyone has the right to choose what to do with their body, even though this is something that some use to disrespect other people.
“Your body is very important, it is your machine, if you feel that you are not safe, you have to protect it and you have to use it as a guide,” he said.
Djokovic arrived in Australia as COVID-19 cases were rising across the country.
He was denied entry last week at Melbourne’s airport after officials canceled his visa because he was not vaccinated, an entry requirement for non-citizens.
A judge reinstated the visa and ordered the Serb tennis star to be released from immigration detention.
None-the-less, he had his visa cancelled again and now faces another battle to stay in Australia.