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Will he stay or will he go? Djokovic’s hearing underway


AP Sports Writer

Novak Djokovic is getting his day in court in a deportation case that has polarized opinions and elicited heartfelt support for the world No. 1 tennis player in his native Serbia. Djokovic had his visa canceled last week after Australian border officials ruled that he didn’t meet the criteria for an exemption to an entry requirement that all non-citizens be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Djokovic has been confined to an immigration detention hotel since. His lawyers argued in court against his deportation and visa cancellation because Djokovic tested positive for COVID-19 last month and recovered. He used that as grounds in applying for a medical exemption to Australia’s strict vaccination rules. 

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