Novak Djokovic had a vaccine exemption to enter Australia after a Covid infection on 16 December

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Djokovic, 34, who has said he is opposed to vaccination, had been granted a medical exemption to play in the tournament in a decision that infuriated many ordinary Australians who have been living under some of the world’s strictest Covid rules.

But upon landing, the Serbian was then denied entry into the country.

His lawyers said he was kept at the immigration control point at Melbourne Airport for about eight hours after he arrived, and that he had little communication with them during that period.

Australian Border Force (ABF) officials said the player had „failed to provide appropriate evidence” because a prior infection was not a valid reason to enter without a vaccination.

But in court documents released on Saturday, Djokovic’s lawyers argue the player had been granted a temporary visa by Tennis Australia because of his recent infection. It appears they will effectively tell the court that the decision to revoke the visa was affected by a variety of „jurisdictional errors”.

There had been no prior announcement of Djokovic’s Covid infection, which was confirmed by a PCR test on 16 December.

But on 17 December, Djokovic posted images to Twitter of his maskless appearance at a ceremony in which he was honoured with his own Serbian postage stamps in recognition for his achievements.

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