Judge Anthony Kelly ruled that Djokovic’s visa cancellation order was “quashed” immediately.
The government will also pay the tennis star’s legal costs.
The Serb experienced a nightmare upon arriving in Australia, after seeing his visa dramatically rejected by border control at Melbourne airport, despite being cleared to play in the first Grand Slam of the year thanks to a medical exemption.
His medical exemption was greeted with a huge backlash in the tennis community after refusing to share his vaccination status, hinting that he had not been completely stung, which was a warrant to compete in Melbourne at the Australian Open.
But as soon as he started dreaming of a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title, it quickly turned into an ordeal of horror for the Serbian after being denied entry to Melbourne after border officials questioned him for several hours.
He has since been held in quarantine at the Park Hotel in Melbourne, which has long been known as a poor immigration hotel.
Djokovic’s legal team managed to delay the process of his deportation to Serbia, with an appeal hearing being held in Melbourne on Monday at 10 a.m. (11 p.m. UK time).
An offer by the Australian government to postpone the case until Wednesday was rejected, but a court order from Judge Andrew Kelly said the hearing would proceed as scheduled.
Djokovic had faced a very anxious wait for the outcome of the hearing, but should now begin his preparations.
Despite this, government lawyer Chris Tran said Australia’s Immigration Minister may consider revoking Djokovic’s visa again.
Under Australian Immigration Law, the Minister has exceptional powers and discretion to cancel visas for any reason, but no grounds under which Djokovic’s visa could again be canceled. ‘has been detailed.
The visa saga has gripped the sports world in recent days, with protests taking place outside his quarantine hotel — both for and against the world number 1 — while Djokovic’s parents and the Serbian ministry of Foreign Affairs did not hesitate on this subject either.
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