Novak Djokovic wins visa appeal and will be released from detention ahead of Australian Open


  • Victory for Serb but Australian government says it could still veto visa
  • Djokovic’s legal team ask court “What more could this man have done?”  
  • World No 1 to be released within the hour
  • He can now contest the Australian Open and attempt to win record 21st grand slam

Novak Djokovic will be allowed to stay in Melbourne and play in the Australian Open after a judge quashed the decision to cancel his visa.

The 20-time grand slam champion will be released within the hour and have his passport returned following a dramatic conclusion to a day in federal court.

Djokovic was earlier whisked out of his quarantine facility in a white van following an order from judge Anthony Kelly in the wake of numerous technical issues with the live stream.


The 34-year-old Serb is not vaccinated and was detained upon arrival in Australia on Thursday after authorities said he did not meet entry requirements. 


However, Judge Kelly said it appeared that Djokovic had received the required medical exemption from Covid-19 vaccination before he travelled to Melbourne for the Australian Open and that he presented evidence of that when he landed.

“The point that I am somewhat agitated about is what more could this man have done?” Judge Kelly said as Djokovic’s lawyers challenged the government’s decision to revoke his visa.

Djokovic has been detained at a hotel used to house refugees and is without access to his team or any tennis facilities.

However, the saga could rumble on, as the court heard that Australia’s immigration minister has retained the right to exercise personal power to revoke his visa again.


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