LIVE: Novak Djokovic’s Australian Visa Saga


Where things stand
Novak Djokovic is being detained by Australian authorities ahead of a court hearing Sunday on his case to stay in the country.
Australia’s immigration minister revoked the unvaccinated tennis champion’s visa for a second time Friday, saying his presence in Australia could lead to an “increase in anti-vaccination sentiment” and even incite “civil unrest.”
Djokovic arrived in Melbourne last week and promptly had his visa canceled for entering without a valid exemption for Australia’s vaccination requirement for all arrivals — but a judge had ruled Monday he should be allowed to stay.

Djokovic’s case to be heard in front of full bench in Federal Court.
World men’s tennis No.1 Novak Djokovic’s visa cancellation case will be heard by a Full Court in the Federal Court of Australia.
A full court refers to cases where three or more judges sit together in the Federal Court to hear an appeal.

“This matter will be heard by a Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia comprised of Chief Justice James Allsop, Justice Anthony Besanko and Justice David O’Callaghan,” the court said Saturday.

The remote hearing is scheduled to take place at 9:30 a.m. Melbourne time Sunday (5:30 p.m. ET Saturday).

Both sides in the case will file their online submissions to the court by 10 p.m. Saturday (6 a.m. ET).

This post has been updated to correct the time in the US that both sides will file their online submissions to the court. They will do so at 6 a.m. ET.


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