Novak Djokovic won a court battle on Monday to stay in Australia


Posted on 10 January 2022


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Novak Djokovic won a court battle on Monday to stay in Australia to compete at the Australian Open despite being unvaccinated against COVID-19, but the government quickly threatened to revoke his visa for the second time. Djokovic claimed he was "pleased and grateful that the Judge overturned my visa cancellation" in a tweet showing him on an Australian Open tennis court with members of his squad. "I want to stay and try to compete" in the championship, despite everything that has happened, he added. Judge Anthony Kelly of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Djokovic's visa, which had been revoked after his arrival last week because officials determined he didn't fulfil the requirements for an exemption from the requirement that all non-citizens be completely immunised. The judge also ordered the government to release Djokovic from the Melbourne quarantine hotel where he had spent the previous four nights within 30 minutes.


Key Points


  • Novak Djokovic won a court battle on Monday to stay in Australia to compete at the Australian Open despite being unvaccinated against COVID-19, but the government quickly threatened to revoke his visa for the second time.

  • The judge also ordered the government to release Djokovic from the Melbourne quarantine hotel where he had spent the previous four nights within 30 minutes.