Novak Djokovic’s Visa and Australian Open News

Protesters demonstrate outside Melbourne Park after Novak Djokovic returned to an immigration prison hotel in Melbourne on Saturday.
Protesters demonstrate outside Melbourne Park after Novak Djokovic returned to an immigration prison hotel in Melbourne on Saturday. (Mark Baker / AP)

Novak Djokovic has returned to the Park Hotel detention facility in Melbourne, according to CNN affiliate Nine News.

The men’s world No. 1 was seen in a white van arriving at the hotel, which is also being used as a detention center for refugees, after leaving his law firm on Saturday afternoon.

On Saturday morning, Djokovic was detained by Australian border authorities under a court-ordered scheme decided on Friday after his visa was revoked for the second time by Australia’s immigration minister, Alex Hawke.

He was once again placed in pre-immigration prison, as required by Australian law.

A number of protesters have gathered outside the Park Hotel. Some support Djokovic and demand his release, others speak out against Australia’s detention system.

During his first round of detention at the hotel, Djokovic had requested to be moved to a “more suitable detention center that would enable him to train,” according to court documents released on January 8.

Djokovic’s appeal for the second cancellation of his visa is expected to take place on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. Australian time, CNN affiliate Nine News reported, citing one of the tennis star’s lawyers, Paul Holdenson.

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