A hearing for the visa for Novak Djokovic is scheduled for Sunday at 9.30 (22.30 on Saturday, British time) at the Federal Court of Australia.
Djokovic’s lawyers claim that his visa was revoked not because of the risk to public health posed by the unvaccinated Serbian actor, but because of how anti-vaxers in the country can perceive him.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison himself welcomed the possibility of Djokovic’s deportation from Australia and said: “Australians have made many sacrifices during this pandemic and rightly expect the outcome of these casualties to be protected.”
But Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic struck at the Australian government, accusing it of “harassing” and harassing Djokovic, and asked if he was trying to gain political points ahead of the upcoming elections.
But he is received an appeal against the annulment which allowed him to stay in the country.
At the time, the Australian government said it would continue to examine whether it could remain, a decision judged by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke.
Mr Hawke announced on Friday that the Serbian visa had been revoked again, this time for public health reasons.
At the trial, Djokovic’s lawyers asked for a ban on his removal from the country, saying the reasons for Mr Hawk’s decision were “clearly irrational”.
Djokovic’s lawyers sought a hearing on Sunday, hoping the decision would be made before the Australian OP begins.
Djokovic is expected to play a first-round match against Serb Miomir Kecmanovic on Monday.
Mr Hawke said on Friday: “Today I have used my authorization under section 133C (3) of the Migration Act to revoke Mr Novak Djokovic’s visa for health and good reasons, on the grounds that it was in the public interest, therefore, “he said in a statement.
“The Morrison government is firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, especially in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic,” he added, referring to Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Commenting on the decision, Morrison said Australians had “sacrificed a lot” during the pandemic.
“They rightly expect the consequences of these victims to be protected,” he added. “The pandemic was incredibly difficult for every Australian, but we persevered together and saved lives and livelihoods.
“Our strong border protection policies have protected Australians from COVID and now during a pandemic.”
There have been criticisms of the Australian government’s handling of the situation, but public opinion is strongly in favor of sending Djokovic home.
Australian number one Alex de Minaur has said he is tired of the saga of Djokovic overshadowing the Australian Open and wants the spotlight back on tennis.
“First of all, I think this whole situation has taken a lot of attention from our competitors,” the 32nd carrier told reporters in Melbourne Park on Saturday.
“It feels like it’s taking away rivals who just want to start. We’re just looking forward to going out and competing. The Australian Open is always an amazing event, my home slam, my favorite tournament.
“To be honest, I’m willing to leave it all behind and focus on playing my tennis matches, kind of letting my tennis speak.”