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Novak Djokovic wins case against Australia over visa denial, clearing path for him to play in Melbourne

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic will be allowed to remain in Australia, clearing the way for him to compete in the Australian Open after a judge on Monday overturned a decision to cancel the tennis star’s visa.The decision, by Federal Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly, ended a five-day standoff between the world’s top-ranked men’s player and Australian officials that had become an international spectacle. Zorica said she had spent the past five days demonstrating in support of Djokovic, whose nickname the growing crowd now chanted: “Nole, Nole!”“He was the sacrificial lamb,” she said.Tennis star Novak Djokovic was facing deportation after his travel visa for Australia was canceled.Djokovic, whose vaccination status is unknown, arrived in Melbourne with a medical exemption to the mandatory coronavirus vaccination to compete in the Australian Open.News of Djokovic’s vaccine exemption was met with skepticism and pushback from other quarters in the sport.Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison said earlier that Djokovic would be “on the next plane home” if the tennis star could not prove why he needed an exemption from getting vaccinated.The top-ranked men’s tennis player is now reportedly being held at a hotel used to house asylum seekers as his lawyers lodge an appeal.John Feinstein: Novak Djokovic is desperate to be taken seriously.

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