Tennis player Novak Djokovic is again held in a hotel in Melbourne

SIDNEY, Australia — Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, whose visa was revoked for the second time on Friday, was transferred to a hotel serving as an immigration detention center in Melbourne on Saturday after meeting with lawyers representing him.

The Balkan athlete arrived at the Hotel Park, where he was already confined from day 6 when his entry permit was canceled for the first time until this Monday, wearing a green tracksuit and a face mask, the public channel ABC confirmed in images.

Djokovic was allowed to meet this morning with the lawyers representing him and discuss the arguments with which they seek to appeal the decision made yesterday by the Australian Immigration Minister, Alex Hawke, who decided to revoke Djokovic’s entry permit.

At the moment, the conversations between the Balkan and his legal representatives that lasted several hours have not transpired.

Around 2:45 p.m. local time (03:45 GMT, Friday) two vehicles left the lawyers’ office, and in one of them was a man dressed in green clothing and covering his face and ears with a cap. in the presence of the media.

Less than an hour later, local media captured Djokovic’s entrance to the hotel used by Immigration.

According to the court order issued last night by the Melbourne Federal Circuit Court – which transferred the case to a higher court – Djokovic, 34, could be arrested at the conclusion of his appointment with the lawyers.

The athlete will spend the night in this center, where undocumented immigrants have also been held for years and is famous for its poor comfort conditions, before the hearing scheduled tomorrow at 9:30 local time (22:30 GMT, Saturday ) in front of the Federal Court to urgently deal with the possible deportation of the Balkan.

In a 258-page document submitted to the court, the Australian immigration minister charged that Djokovic’s presence may “lead to increased anti-vaccine sentiment in the community” which could lead to riots, like those previously reported in Melbourne.

Djokovic traveled to Melbourne from Spain on January 5 with a medical exemption so as not to be vaccinated, having recently been infected with covid-19, although upon arrival the Immigration authorities canceled his visa and detained him.

On Monday, a court ordered the tennis player’s release after understanding that he had not been treated “fairly”, but yesterday the minister canceled the visa again and Djokovic’s lawyers in turn appealed the decision that could lead to his deportation.

It is unknown at the moment if he will be able to participate in the Australian Open tournament, which begins on Monday, and in whose first round match he will face his compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic.