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Djokovic wins court battle to stay in Australia

Tennis star Novak Djokovic has won a court battle challenging the cancellation of his Australian visa, in a case that has drawn global attention.

The judge Anthony Kelly agreed with Djokovic’s lawyers who argued that border officials failed to give valid notice of the intention to cancel the visa.

But the saga may not be over just yet – Australia’s immigration minister is considering using his power to re-cancel the visa.

The government insists that Djokovic’s recent Covid infection does not make him eligible for an exemption from entry rules.

The world number one was dramatically denied entry at Melbourne airport on Wednesday and sent to a notorious immigration detention hotel.

Djokovic was allowed to leave briefly to watch the court hearing from his lawyers’ office, but must return to detention when it ends.

Serbia’s government has reacted with outrage to the incident, saying the tennis player was being unfairly targeted.

The Australian Open begins on 17 January and if Djokovic wins, he will become the most successful men’s player in history.

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