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Novak Djokovic has reportedly been arrested just minutes after winning a court battle that challenged the manner in which his Australian visa was cancelled.
With the verdict meaning he was free to leave the detention centre where he had been held, Ksenija Pavlovic McAteer has now reported that the world No.1 has been arrested despite the ruling in his favour.
Having spoken to Srdan Dokovic, the father of Djokovic, McAteer adds that the Australian government 'want to deport' the 34-year-old.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner was held in the government facility on his arrival at Melbourne airport early last week after the decision was made to withdraw his visa, before winning his court battle on Monday
Despite Greg Hunt, Australia's health minister, saying that it was likely that the Serbian would be sent home, he was free to enter the country following the court battle.
Judge Anthony Kelly ruled that Djokovic's visa cancellation order was immediately "quashed", agreeing with Djokovic's lawyers over the handling of the matter.
He agreed that officials 'failed to give valid notice of the intention to cancel the visa' despite government officials arguing that Djokovic's recent Covid infection does not make him exempt.
Supporters of Djokovic danced and cheered following the verdict, although it is not yet certain if he will be able to compete in the tournament he was won on a record nine occasions.
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Following his departure from the detention centre, Australia's immigration minister was said to be is considering re-cancelling the visa using his powers.
The minister has 'exceptional powers and discretion' to cancel visas under Australia's immigration law, and it could yet lead to Djokovic being banned from returning to the country for three years.
The Telegraph report that minister Alex Hawke had four hours to make his decision from 8am on Monday, with the Australian Open set to get underway on January 17.
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