Novak Djokovic again detained in Australia, officials say, to avoid anti-vaccine sentiment

World No. 1 tennis player, Novak Djokovic was again detained by Australian border authorities on Saturday morning, as per a court order. He was detained for the second time in two weeks.

Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said Djokovic’s presence in the country could lead to “an increase in anti-vaccination sentiment” and “civil unrest”.

“In particular, their behavior may encourage or influence others to emulate their prior conduct and may fail to comply with appropriate public health measures following a positive COVID-19 test result, which may itself lead to transmission of the disease. and can cause serious risks to their health. and others,” Hawke was quoted as saying by CNN.

The 34-year-old Serbian is currently in pre-immigration custody and will spend the night there as his case will be heard in court over the weekend.

what next?

The court will hear Djokovic’s case on Sunday as the Serbian has a first-round match at the Australian Open on Monday. It all depends on the decision that will be taken by the court on Sunday.

If things go well, the defending champion will face Miomir Kekmanovic in the first round on Monday.

Djokovic’s visa was revoked for the first time on 6 January, shortly after arriving in Melbourne. Australian officials said the tennis star “failed to provide reasonable evidence” to obtain a vaccine exemption. He was taken into custody.

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