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Novak Djokovic Back in Detention as He Continues to Fight Deportation

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Alex Hawke
Harrison McLean
James Allsop
David O’Callaghan
Anthony Besanko
Simon Jeans
Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer
Scott Morrison
Aleksandar Vucic
Andrey Rublev
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Television footage showed the 34-year-old Serb wearing a face mask as he sat in a vehicle near an immigration detention hotel.He spent four nights confined to a hotel near downtown Melbourne before being released last Monday when he won a court challenge on procedural grounds against his first visa cancellation.Immigration Minister Alex Hawke on Friday blocked the visa, which was originally revoked when he landed at a Melbourne airport on Jan. 5.Deportation from Australia can lead to a three-year ban on returning to the country, although that may be waived, depending on the circumstances.Djokovic has acknowledged that his travel declaration was incorrect because it failed to indicate that he’d been in multiple countries in the two-week period before his arrival in Australia.But that wasn’t why Hawke decided that deporting Djokovic was in the public interest.Lawyers for Djokovic filed documents in court that revealed Hawke had stated that the tennis star “is perceived by some as a talisman of a community of anti-vaccination sentiment.”Australia has one of the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the world.But the minister said Djokovic’s presence in Australia may be a risk to the health and “good order” of the Australian public and “may be counterproductive to efforts at vaccination by others in Australia.”The Health Department advised that Djokovic was a “low” risk of transmitting COVID-19 and a “very low” risk of transmitting the disease at the Australian Open.”The minister cited comments Djokovic made in April 2020 that he was “opposed to vaccination” and had wouldn’t want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine to compete.Djokovic’s lawyers argued that the minister had cited no evidence that Djokovic’s presence in Australia may “foster anti-vaccination sentiment.”Hundreds of activists held a peaceful rally outside the Melbourne Park complex that hosts the Australian Open, and planned another for Monday.“We’re at Rod Laver Arena to support Novak.

As said here by ROD McGUIRK / AP