Novak Djokovic, in detention again, awaits deportation hearing before Australian Open

Novak Djokovic, in detention again, awaits deportation hearing before Australian Open

A day earlier, Australia’s immigration minister had canceled Djokovic’s visa for the second time on the grounds that the unvaccinated tennis player’s presence might incite anti-vaccine sentiment Down Under. That decision, and Djokovic’s detention on Saturday, have thrown the Serbian star’s pursuit of tennis history into serious doubt and threatened to upend the Grand Slam tournament, which begins Monday. As Djokovic’s opponents spent the morning preparing for their first matches, he spent it under guard, working with his attorneys for Sunday’s decisive showdown. And as journalists scrambled around Melbourne in pursuit of a glimpse of Djokovic, the tennis world reacted with a mix of shock, anger, shrugs and schadenfreude to news of his detention. “It’s very clear that Novak Djokovic is one of the best players [in] history,” said Rafael …
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