Djokovic, the world number one tennis player, wins court battle to stay in Australia

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Novak Djokovic, the world tennis number one, was released from Australian immigration custody on Monday after winning a court fight to stay in the country, but the Australian government indicated it was still considering deporting him.

Judge Anthony Kelly found that the federal government’s decision to cancel the Serbian tennis player’s visa last week, citing a disagreement over his medical exemption from COVID-19 vaccination requirements, was “unreasonable,” and ordered his release.

Djokovic, who arrived in Australia last week with the hopes of winning a record 21st Grand Slam championship at the Australian Open, spent the day in his lawyers’ offices and did not immediately emerge in public or make a comment following the verdict.