Australia fails to delay hearing on deportation of Djokovic until Wednesday

Australian Government lawyers have lost an appeal in which they asked that the hearing scheduled for this Monday on the deportation of the Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic It will be delayed until Wednesday.

In an order published this Sunday, the Melbourne Circuit Court reported that the hearing on the revocation of the tennis player's visa, which can be followed online, It will be held on Monday at 10 am (23:00 GMT on Sunday), as scheduled.

Lawyers for the Australian Home Office they asked the court to delay the case for up to two days but Judge Anthony Kelly rejected the appeal.

The petition came after the tennis player's lawyers presented a 35-page document in court this Saturday in which claimed the world's number one received a medical exemption to enter Australia unvaccinated after being infected with the covid-19 the last December.

The lawyers assure that Djokovic he tested positive for covid on December 16, 2021 and that two weeks later he was recoveredTherefore, on January 1, he had been given permission to enter Australia without being vaccinated.

Last Thursday, the tennis player's legal team asked the court for a definitive answer on the deportation for this Tuesday for reasons of programming the Australian Open, which is held in Melbourne between January 17 and 30, to which the judge replied that in this case "the tail is not going to move the dog."

In the midst of a great international uproar, Australian authorities revoked Djokovic's visa for failing to comply with covid-19 measures upon arrival to the oceanic country on Wednesday night, despite having a medical exemption that allowed him to defend his title in the tournament without being vaccinated.

The 34-year-old Serbian tennis player He has been isolated in a Melbourne hotel since Thursday waiting for the Australian justice to review his case, after his lawyers appealed the decision of the authorities of the oceanic country.

Despite lawyers' argument that Djokovic tested positive for covid-19 on December 16, several photos posted on social media show how the world's number one tennis player participated in public events without a mask that same day and the next.

For her part, the Czech tennis player Renata Vorácová, who was arrested last Thursday After Australian authorities canceled his visa, he left Australia on Saturday.

Vorácová, who had been in Australia since December and had already played a preparation match prior to the Australian Open, had obtained a medical exemption to enter the country not being fully vaccinated.

Australia requires travelers to have the complete guideline of the vaccine against covid-19 or a valid medical exemption to enter the country. AND


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