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Djokovic freed from Immigration Detention in Australia by a Judge

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After a judge overturned the government’s decision to cancel Novak Djokovic’s visa and ordered his release, the world’s No. 1 tennis player will be allowed to defend his title at the Australian Open in Melbourne this month.

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As a result of hours of deliberations, technical issues, and arguments from both sides, Justice Anthony Kelly ordered Djokovic’s possessions returned within 30 minutes of the Monday ruling.
The Australian Ministry of Home Affairs was also ordered to pay Djokovic’s legal costs by Justice Kelly.
A government lawyer says Australia’s Immigration Minister retains the right to personally intervene in the case.

According to government representative Christopher Tran, Minister Alex Hawke still retains the power to expel Djokovic from the country despite the ruling.
Djokovic said he was “pleased and grateful” with the outcome of the hearing in a tweet. “Despite everything that has happened,” he said, he still plans to compete at the Australian Open. He also thanked his supporters for standing with him and encouraging him to “stay strong.” He tweeted a photo of himself and his coaching team on a court in Melbourne.

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The arguments

The defense and the government largely relied on guidelines issued by an advisory group for the federal government called the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (ATAGI).
Djokovic’s Senior Counsel Nick Wood argued that past Covid infection provides a minimum of six months of natural immunity — “and therefore may be regarded as a temporary exemption from vaccination.”Djokovic understood he had been granted permission to come to Australia by the government and made repeated appeals to federal officers in Melbourne that he “had done everything that he knew was required of him in order to enter Australia.”

What Djokovic is playing for at the Australian Open

The visa debacle had threatened Djokovic’s chances of winning a record 21st grand slam at the Australian Open, which kicks off in Melbourne on January 17.
Djokovic currently holds 20 grand slam singles victories, equaling the all-time record with Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Switzerland’s Roger Federer.
A victory in Melbourne would mean Djokovic breaks the record for the most career grand slams ever held by a man.
That is a very real possibility — Djokovic has won the Australian Open nine times before.
Federer, 40, is not playing in Melbourne and while Nadal, 35, is set to play, he has been beset with injury.
Djokovic leads the series with 30 victories to 28 for his opponent. Nadal, who has won one Australian Open in 2009, is ranked world No. 6.

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Arsi Mughal is a staff writer at CTN News, delivering insightful and engaging content on a wide range of topics. With a knack for clear and concise writing, he crafts articles that resonate with readers. Arsi's pieces are well-researched, informative, and presented in a straightforward manner, making complex subjects accessible to a broad audience. His writing style strikes the perfect balance between professionalism and casual approachability, ensuring an enjoyable reading experience.

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