Australia will not immediately expel world tennis number one Novak Djokovic, indicated a government lawyer during a judicial hearing this Thursday, while the tennis player remains detained in an immigration center.
The Serbian arrived on Wednesday night to play the Open Australia, tournament that begins on January 17. Days ago, Djokovic had announced the obtaining of a “medical exception” to be able to participate in the competition without being vaccinated against the coronavirus, but did not elaborate.
After the Serbian appealed his expulsion from the country, State attorney Christopher Tran assured that Australia does not plan to proceed with the expulsion before that hearing, scheduled for Monday, to take place.
According to international media, the tennis player was transferred to the Park Hotel in the city of Melbourne after a statement to the authorities which lasted for eight hours at the Tullamarine airport.
The Australian government canceled the tennis player’s visa for failing to provide “adequate evidence to meet entry requirements”, reported the Australian Border Force. The tennis player, who on several occasions spoke out against vaccines, refuses to reveal if he is immunized against the coronavirus.
Support from the Serbian President
The president of Serbia, Aleksander Vucsic, expressed his support for Djokovic with a message posted on Instagram and assured that he is taking “all possible measures to stop bullying of the best tennis player in the world in the shortest time possible “.