Court reinstated Djokovic visa
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Tennis star Novak Djokovic won a court battle to stay in Australia to play in the Australian Open to be held from 17th Jan to 30th Jan 2022, despite being unvaccinated against COVID-19, but the government quickly threatened to cancel his visa a second time.
- Federal Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly reinstated Djokovic's visa, which was canceled after his arrival at the Melbourne Airport.
- The judge also ordered the government to release Djokovic within 30 minutes from the Melbourne quarantine hotel where he spent the last four nights.
- But government lawyer Christopher Tran told the judge after the decision that the minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, Alex Hawke, "will consider whether to exercise a personal power of cancellation" of the visa.
- Government lawyers confirmed that another visa cancellation would mean Djokovic would be banned from Australia for three years.
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