Novak Djokovic LIVE UPDATES: Tennis star wins court appeal to play at Australian Open, government could RE-CANCEL visa

NOVAK DJOKOVIC is waiting to find out if he can compete in this year's Australian Open after winning a court appeal to stay in the country.

The Serb isn't vaccinated for Covid-19 and was denied entry into Australia last week despite obtaining an exemption against the jab.

And despite winning his appeal today, there are reports suggesting he may have his visa re-cancelled by the Australian government.


Read our Novak Djokovic live blog below for ALL the latest updates…

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    Re-cancellation of Djokovic's visa considered

    Australian Immigration chief Alex Hawke is still considering cancelling Djokovic's visa, despite today's ruling.

    "Following today's Federal Circuit and Family Court determination on a procedural ground, it remains within Immigration Minister Hawke's discretion to consider cancelling Mr Djokovic's visa under his personal power of cancellation within section 133C(3) of the Migration Act," a spokesperson said.

    "The Minister is currently considering the matter and the process remains ongoing."

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    Kyrgios tests positive for Covid-19

    Amid all the Djokovic drama, one of his usual critics Nick Kyrgios has tested positive and may miss this month's Australian Open.

    Though usually seen squabbling with Djokovic, the Aussie has been defensive of the Serb this week, urging his country to do better.

    "I just want to be open and transparent with everyone, the reason I have had to pull out of Sydney is because I tested positive for Covid," Kyrgios said on Instagram.

    "I am feeling healthy at the moment with no symptoms. I wish everyone all the best and to stay safe where you can. If all goes well I will see you all at the Australian Open."

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    Anger from Australian public

    Former Australian immigration official Abul Rizvi says that the Australian public won't approve if Djokovic is allowed to play at the Aussie Open this month.

    "The Australian public will be angry at what’s happened here," he said.

    “Assuming that the Australian government doesn’t try to cancel his visa again and he is actually allowed to play at the Australian Open, I think there will be a lot of difficulties for Djokovic from the Australian crowds.

    “I think if Tennis Australia and Mr Djokovic were to think this through, they would announce some very significant health measures to ensure that there is no risk to public health from the tennis tournament more generally and from Mr Djokovic in particular."

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    Djokovic fans gather outside court

    'FREE NOVAK' chants have echoed around the streets outside the courts in Melbourne following today's ruling.

    Hundreds of fans have gathered in support of the tennis star.

    A car passed through as fans gathered around it but it's unconfirmed as to whether Djokovic was inside the vehicle.

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    Djokovic's family to 'hold news conference'

    According to the BBC, Djokovic's family will stand in front of the media at 11am GMT to discuss today's ruling.

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    Nadal calls Djokovic situation 'circus'

    "Whether or not I agree with Djokovic on something, justice has spoken and has said he has the right to participate in the Australian Open and I think it is the fairest decision to do so," Rafa said.

    Djokovic would surpass both Nadal and Roger Federer in Grand Slam wins if he were to win the Aussie Open later this month.

    Victory would put him on a record 21 slams.

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    Has Novak Djokovic been arrested?

    Djokovic's father Srdjan claimed that his son had been arrested following the court ruling, but reports have yet to be confirmed.

    Anti-vaxxer Djokovic was said to be arrested in Melbourne after the ruling but the Serb's brother claimed the tennis ace was 'with his lawyers'.

    There's widespread outrage in Australia by hundreds of Djokovic fans, who want to say their man freed.

    Crowds have gathered outside the court to protest against the treatment the World No 1 has received since last week.

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    Latest on Novak Djokovic

    The Serbian nine-time winner Down Under was given his marching orders from Australia last week following a six-hour stand-off at Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport.

    He had initially been granted a vaccine exemption – his lawyers said, because he contracted Covid-19 in December – to compete before his visa was dramatically cancelled.

    His legal team claimed he only agreed to the cancellation because he was disorientated by lack of sleep, and left reeling by official's "procedurally unfair" treatment.

    But now Djokovic could be allowed to stay after winning a court appeal against his detainment.

    The decision could see him compete at this month's Australian Open.

    However, reports suggest than Djokovic could still have his visa re-cancelled by the Australian government.

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