The Novak Djokovic saga: what’s next? | Commentary News

The tennis world No. 1 is in doubt as the government tries to revoke his visa.

Novak Djokovic reportedly returned to immigration detention on Saturday after his legal challenge to avoid deportation from Australia for not being vaccinated against COVID-19 was moved to a higher court.

The Federal Court hearing is scheduled for Sunday, a day before the men’s No. 1 tennis player and nine-time Australian Open champion will begin his reign as the champion in the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year.

Djokovic is in trouble again a week after winning a legal battle to allow him to stay in the country.

Here are the controversial cases and what might happen next:

Why Deportation?

Djokovic says many Australians suffering from prolonged lockdowns and border restrictions play A system that circumvents vaccine entry requirements.

But when judges are humiliated by the government restored Djokovic’s visa and allow him to stay in the country.

This time, the government invoked exceptional and difficult-to-challenge executive powers to declare him a threat to public health and safety.

“While I … accept that the personal risk of Mr Djokovic transmitting COVID-19 to others is negligible, I still believe his presence could pose a health risk to the Australian community,” Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said in the letter to Djokovic and his legal team.

What is Djokovic talking about?

The tennis ace contracted COVID-19 in mid-December and, by his own account, lose Quarantined despite knowing he was positive.

Public records show he attended stamp unveilings, youth tennis events and gave interviews to the media when he was tested and confirmed to have the infection.

Lawyers for Djokovic said on Friday they believed the expulsion would only further fan anti-vaccine sentiment.

What are the other players saying?

The controversy has overshadowed the legacy of the Grand Slam, and players are fed up with the saga.

“Honestly, I’m a little tired of this situation because I just believe it’s important to talk about our sport, to talk about tennis,” Rafael Nadal, the Spaniard who is tied with Djokovic for 20 Grand Slam titles, said in Melbourne Park told reporters. The event will be played.

World number three German Alexander Zverev said Djokovic had been treated unfairly and that the Serb could be used as a political pawn by Australian authorities, which Canberra denies.

“It’s obviously not a good thing for everyone, especially for him. But don’t question his legacy,” Zverev said.

“I mean, he’s got a visa, right? Without him thinking he’d be able to play, I don’t think he’d be here by luck because he’s got the right authorization to be in the country. If you have a visa, you Think you’re going to play.”

supporter rally

Protesters gathered near the Australian Open venue in response to the treatment of the Serbian tennis star. Opponents of the vaccination mandate, as well as supporters of Djokovic, were mixed at the rally.

“He was treated like a criminal, like he did something bad,” Neb Jovanovic said. “He came in with a valid immunity, and now they’re trying to figure out all the other reasons, why? The only other reason is to get political points.”

Djokovic supporter Janet White said: “I’m ashamed of being Australian.”