Australian Open: Djokovic again placed in detention, pending the decisive hearing

Before its hearing scheduled for Sunday at 9 a.m.30 local time (30h in France) , Novak Djokovic was arrested by the Australian authorities and placed in detention again.

New episode in the case Djokovic . While he was received by the immigration service from 8 a.m. this Saturday ( hours Friday in France), the Serb was again placed in detention by the Australian authorities on Saturday morning (Friday evening Paris time), in accordance with an arrangement decided upstream by a court. He will spend the night in a secret place and not in the hotel where he had been locked up for several days, after the first revocation of his visa.

The move follows Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s announcement that the tennis star’s visa would be revoked, after days of deliberation over whether to expel the 34-year-old Serb from the country.

Novak Djokovic is accused of having provided false information on his Australian visa declaration, many doubts having been raised in particular as to his medical exemption, with which he intended to compete in the Open from Australia without having been vaccinated (although vaccination is required when entering Australian territory). The world number 1’s lawyers are appealing the decision and his request to stay in Australia will be considered again on Sunday morning (9 a.m. 30 local time, h23 Saturday French time). If Djokovic’s appeal fails, he could be expelled.