Novak Djokovic will be detained on Saturday after Australia revoked his visa for the second time in a row over his entitlement to remain in the country without vaccinations.

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He faces deportation and a three-year immigration ban as a result of the judgment based on “health and good order” concerns.

The ruling was labeled “patently unreasonable” by Djokovic’s lawyers, who plan to appeal.

On Monday, the men’s tennis number one is slated to compete in the Australian Open in Melbourne.

In a statement, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said, “Today I exercised my power…to cancel the visa held by Mr. Novak Djokovic on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so,” Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said in a statement.

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The decision was made after “careful consideration,” according to Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

“Australians have made tremendous sacrifices during this pandemic, and they properly expect the product of those sacrifices to be safeguarded,” Mr. Morrison said, referring to the harsh criticism his government has received for admitting the unvaccinated athlete into Australia.

Judge Anthony Kelly ruled that Djokovic cannot be deported while the appeal proceedings are ongoing in an emergency late-night court session shortly after the ruling was published on Friday. On Sunday, there will be a hearing on the appeal.

The judge also stated that after Djokovic meets with immigration authorities in Melbourne on Saturday morning, the government may detain him. He will, however, be permitted to visit his lawyers’ offices in order to prepare his case for the court on Sunday.

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On Saturday, at 10:15 a.m. local time, a preliminary hearing will be held (23:15 GMT on Friday).

The minister’s decision to revoke Djokovic’s visa was dubbed “patently unreasonable” by Djokovic’s legal team.

Djokovic’s lawyer, Nicholas Wood, cited a legal document with more details on why it was rescinded, saying it was not because he was a danger to the public, but because “he will excite anti-vax sentiment.”

Despite the fact that Djokovic is not vaccinated, he has not actively supported anti-vax propaganda.

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