Ruptly is live from Melbourne on Saturday, January 15, as a demonstration in support of Novak Djokovic takes place. The tennis star is in an immigration detention and faces being deported ahead of the Australian Open. Djokovic is scheduled to attend a final hearing on Sunday, a day before the tennis tournament begins.
On Friday, Djokovic’s Australian visa was revoked for a second time. This time, Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used his ministerial discretion to cancel Djokovic’s visa on the grounds of “health and good order.” His legal team is appealing the decision.
The player had traveled to Melbourne last week in order to play in the Australian Open tennis tournament but was initially barred from entering the country as he failed to meet the COVID-19 entry requirements due to being unvaccinated. A judge decided earlier that the star tennis player was not to be deported from Australia, but the Australian government canceled Djokovic’s visa again under separate powers in Australia’s Migration Act.