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Deja vu for Novak Djokovic, detained again in Australian hotel before second court battle

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They detained him for eight hours, canceled his visa, and then put him in the Park Hotel, where asylum seekers have complained about conditions.Just as it appeared Djokovic would be deported, a federal judge ruled that Border Force officials had mistreated Djokovic and ordered him released, setting off jubilant celebrations from the hundreds of supporters — Serbs, tennis fans, and anti-vaccine advocates — who had gathered outside his hotel for four days.But the government threatened to again cancel his visa, and Immigration Minister Alex Hawke followed through on Friday evening, reigniting the legal battle and setting off a flurry of rushed court hearings.Court documents released Saturday laid out the arguments that are likely to collide in the Sunday morning hearing, which will start at 9:30 a.m. in Melbourne.In a document outlining his reasons for canceling Djokovic’s visa, Hawke dropped the argument about the validity of the tennis player’s medical exemption, saying he didn’t even read the material Djokovic submitted regarding his recent covid infection — the grounds for his exemption — because “I’m not medically trained.”The minister also conceded that Djokovic’s recent infection meant he posed a “negligible” risk of infecting others.Instead, Hawke noted that Djokovic is “a high profile unvaccinated individual, who has indicated publicly that he is opposed to becoming vaccinated against covid-19.”“I consider that Mr. Djokovic’s presence in Australia may pose a health risk to the Australian community, in that his presence in Australia may foster anti-vaccination sentiment” that would lead to more people getting covid and increased pressure on the hospital system, Hawke argued.Hawke also pointed to Djokovic’s decision to hold an interview and photo shoot with a French newspaper in Serbia after testing positive last month.

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