BATTLE A procedural hearing is underway, but the final decision on his expulsion is not expected until Sunday

Novak Djokovic at the&rsquo ;Australian Open: Serbian player placed in detention again

A portrait of Novak Djokovic with the 2021 Australian Open trophy, January 11, 2022 at Melbourne Park. — Mark Baker/AP/SIPA

Novak Djokovic is no longer free to come and go as he pleases. As expected, the Serbian player was placed in detention under the control of the border police on Saturday morning, according to local media. A procedural hearing was to take place in the morning, pending the final decision on a possible expulsion this Sunday by a federal court, 24 hours before the start of the Open from Australia.

Djokovic, unvaccinated against Covid-19, continued; Friday at; training in hopes of capturing a 10th title the Australian Open, and a 21st Grand Slam victory, which would be a record. But at the end of the day, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke canceled the Serb's Australian visa for the second time “on health and public order grounds”

Legal ping pong

“Australians have made many sacrifices during this deservedly that the result of these sacrifices be protected,” defended the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Will the player finally throw the ;Sponge??“Djokovic is extremely well armed; and has a competent team around him. He can either stay and fight or go,” in Immigration Matters Christopher Levingston.

“Nole” had requested an exemption to enter Australia, citing contamination with Covid-19 in December, but his visa was refused. canceled a first time to his arrival at Melbourne on January 5th and it was placed in a detention center. Last Monday it was released after having obtained from a judge the reinstatement of his visa, but the document was again canceled Friday by the Minister of Immigration under his discretion.

“”Human error””

Djokovic admitted to filling out his declaration incorrectly entry into Australia, and failing to comply with the rules of isolation after having been tested positive for Covid-19 in December. Djokovic, seen in Serbia and Spain in the two weeks before his arrival, unlike what he had declared; in the immigration form, pleaded; “Human error”.

Dreams of a 10th title Melbourne are further removed as this visa cancellation, if the appeal is rejected, implies that Djokovic will be banned from entering the country for three years, except in exceptional circumstances.