Djokovic was transferred to the immigration detention center

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, number one in the world and whose visa to enter Australia was annulled the day before for the second time, returned this Saturday to the hotel that serves as an immigration detention center in Melbourne after meeting with the lawyers who represent him, informed Télam.

The nine-time winner of the Australian Open will spend early Sunday morning in the place where undocumented immigrants have been held for years and is infamous for its poor hygiene and lack of comfort, before the court hearing scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Argentina, which will be decisive for his permanence in the country.

The Serb arrived at the Park Hotel, where he was held for the first time from Thursday 6 to Monday 10, in a procession made up of two cars, dressed in green clothes, with a cap and a chinstrap, The Herald Sun reported.

Djokovic had permission to meet today with the lawyers who represent him and discuss the arguments with which they seek to appeal the decision made yesterday by Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, who decided to revoke his entry permit.

Minister Hawke submitted a 258-page document to the court alleging that Djokovic’s presence may “lead to increased anti-vaccine sentiment in the community” which could lead to riots, like those previously reported in Melbourne.

Djokovic traveled to Melbourne from Spain on January 5 with a medical exemption so as not to be vaccinated, having recently been infected with Covid-19, although upon arrival the Immigration authorities canceled his visa and detained him.

On Monday, a court ordered the tennis player’s release after understanding that he had not been treated “fairly”, but yesterday the minister canceled the visa again and Djokovic’s lawyers in turn appealed the decision that could lead to his deportation.

The Australian Open will start next Monday and Djokovic should debut against his compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic, although at this juncture it is not yet known if he will be able to play the event.

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