In an update to the controversy surrounding Novak Djokovic’s visa, the Australian government has lost its bid to delay the case.
The government reportedly asked for the court hearing to be postponed until Wednesday. However, a judge has rejected this request and the hearing will begin Monday, January 10, as scheduled.
Djokovic’s ongoing battle to keep his visa started when he was detained in Melbourne airport on January 4 while on his way to the Australian Open.
The tennis pro was detained because he failed to meet the Victorian government’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements. The Australian federal government then cancelled his visa.
However, Djokovic has appealed the decision, with his lawyers arguing he had received a medical exemption from the vaccine after testing positive for the virus on December 16, 2021.
This claim was made on the grounds that Tennis Australia had reportedly told players they may be able to get a vaccine exemption for the Australian Open if they’d recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months.
Currently, the tennis player is in immigration custody at the Park Hotel in Carlton. According to the Daily Mail, Djokovic had allegedly requested for a private chef while staying at the facility.
This year the Australian Open will begin on January 17 in Melbourne. It is unclear whether Djokovic will be allowed to participate.
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