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Novak Djokovic has won his crunch court battle over his Australian visa – meaning he is now free to leave his detention centre and enter the country ahead of the Australian Open.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner was held in the government facility on his arrival at Melbourne airport early last week after the decision was made to withdraw his visa.
The Serbian touched down on Wednesday after telling his social media followers that he had received exemption proof that would allow him to get down to work in the state of Victoria.
Their rules say that people have to be jabbed in order to work, but there are exceptions with medical exemption, with Djokovic refusing to reveal his vaccine status but reporting news of a positive test.
Despite Greg Hunt, Australia's health minister, saying that it was likely that the Serbian would be sent home, he is now free to enter the country following a court battle.
Judge Anthony Kelly ruled that Djokovic's visa cancellation order was immediately "quashed", agreeing with Djokovic's lawyers over the handling of the matter.
He agreed that officials 'failed to give valid notice of the intention to cancel the visa' despite government officials arguing that Djokovic's recent Covid infection does not make him exempt.
Supporters of Djokovic danced and cheered following the verdict, although it is not yet certain if he will be able to compete in the tournament he was won on a record nine occasions.
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Australia's immigration minister said to be is considering re-cancelling the visa using his powers.
The minister has 'exceptional powers and discretion' to cancel visas under Australia's immigration law.
Should that happen, Djokovic could be banned from returning to the country for three years.
The Australian Open begins on January 17, and could now give Djokovic the opportunity to surpass the 20 Grand Slams titles won by both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
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