Three federal court judges upheld a decision by the immigration minister on Friday to revoke the 34-year-old Serb’s visa on public interest grounds.
The decision likely means that Djokovic, who is not to feed Against COVID-19, he will remain in custody in Melbourne until he is deported.
A deportation order usually also includes a three-year ban on returning to Australia.
The minister rescinded the visa on the grounds that Djokovic’s presence in Australia could pose a risk to the health and safety of the Australian public and “might have an adverse effect on vaccination efforts by others in Australia”.
Djokovic’s visa was initially revoked on January 6 at Melbourne Airport, hours after he had arrived to compete in the first of the 2022 Grand Slam tournaments.
The border official revoked his visa after deciding that Djokovic did not qualify for a medical exemption from Australia’s rules for unvaccinated visitors.
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