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Djokovic before the Court today

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke (L) and tennis player Novak Djokovic (R). Source: SBS News

Tennis star Novak Djokovic has spent his fifth night in a detention hotel in Melbourne as he fights a federal government decision to cancel his visa for a second time.

Immigration minister Alex Hawke used his discretionary powers late on Friday to cancel the world number one's visa, after considering evidence from Djokovic's lawyers, along with advice from federal agencies.

 

An affidavit containing the minister's reasons for revoking the 34-year-old's visa says that while the unvaccinated tennis star poses a "negligible" risk of spreading COVID-19 to others, allowing him to stay in Australia may endanger the health of the community.

 

Djokovic's lawyers argue Mr Hawke didn't take a logical or reasonable approach to the application and doesn't have evidence to support his claim the Serb would "foster anti-vaccination sentiment" by being allowed to remain in the country.

 

Australia's number one male tennis player, Alex de Minaur, says Djokovic is in a situation of his own making.

 

 

 

The Federal Court will hear Djokovic's appeal against his visa cancellation this morning.