An Australian judge has agreed to delay deporting tennis star Novak Djokovic as the Serbian athlete’s case for arriving at the country unvaccinated continues in Melbourne.
Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly ordered to release Djokovic from hotel quarantine after rejecting a decision to cancel his Australian visa.
However, Djokovic is not guaranteed to stay in Australia and compete in the Australian Open as the immigration minister will consider pushing to cancel Djokovic’s visa, according to the Australian government’s counsel, Christopher Tran.
Kelly said it was “unreasonable” for Djokovic to be interviewed on Thursday morning and cancel his visa when Australian Border Force officials had agreed to give him until 8:30 a.m. to respond to the proposed cancellation.
Djokovic arrived in Australia last Wednesday hoping to defend his Australia Open crown, but his visa was revoked after the unvaccinated athlete failed to provide adequate evidence of medical exemption.
The tennis star appealed, saying that the Department of Home Affairs wrote to him this month that he had satisfied the requirements to enter the country.
Djokovic will be allowed to stay in Australia until a full hearing later Monday.
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