Australia agrees to delay Djokovic's deportation

Australia agrees to delay Djokovic's detention, deportation

Australia cancelled Novak Djokovic's visa on the grounds his presence in the country might excite anti-vaccination sentiment

Tennis player Novak Djokovic. Credit: Reuters File Photo

The Australian government has agreed to delay the detention and deportation of tennis player Novak Djokovic, according to AFP.

On Friday, his lawyers had asked an Australian court for an injunction to block the government from deporting the tennis star, after the Immigration Minister earlier on Friday cancelled his visa on grounds of "public interest". 

Australia cancelled Novak Djokovic's visa on the grounds his presence in the country might excite anti-vaccination sentiment, and not because he posed a health threat being unvaccinated against COVID-19, his lawyers told a court on Friday night.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke's decision was "patently irrational", Djokovic's lawyer Nicholas Wood told the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, explaining that would be the main reason for asking the court to quash the second cancellation of his visa.

(With agency inputs)

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