Australian authorities have sent Tennis number one Novak Djokovic to detention once again saying the player’s vaccine opposition may lead to “civil unrest”.
The 34-year-old is set to challenge his detention with a fresh appeal in court on Sunday.
Djokovic used a medical exemption to enter the country earlier this month in hopes of securing his record 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. The government cancelled his visa on arrival on grounds that the tennis star was unvaccinated.
Earlier this week, a court reinstated Djokovic’s visa and ordered him removed from detention. In retaliation, the Australian government invoked special executive powers declaring him a threat to public health and detained him once again. Djolovic’s lawyers argue that the government did not cite any evidence to support their assertions.
The tennis number one contracted the coronavirus during in mid-December. Djokovic admitted that he failed to isolate in spite of testing positive. According to public records, the Serb attended several events close to the time his infection was confirmed.
Djokovic is the top seed of the Australian Open and has won the tournament nine times.