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Djokovic Set For Australian Open After Winning Appeal

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Djokovic Set For Australian Open After Winning Appeal

 

By: Nkpata Ibinabo

World number one Novak Djokovic won his appeal against a decision to refuse him a visa in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia on Monday, Sportivation.com.ng reports. 

According to his argument, he flew into Australia with an “exemption” on his visa but was denied entry into the country.

In a ruling issued on Monday, Judge Anthony Kelly quashed the visa cancellation and ordered the Australian Government to pay legal costs and release Djokovic from detention within half an hour as he delivered his verdict.

Djokovic said: “I’m pleased and grateful that the Judge overturned my visa cancellation. Despite all that has happened, I want to stay and try to compete for @AustralianOpen. I remain focused on that. I flew here to play at one of the most important events we have in front of the amazing fans via his Twitter account.

The ruling now makes the player eligible to compete in the Australian Open from January 17 despite being unvaccinated against COVID-19.

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