Judge Orders Djokovic Freed From Covid-19 Detention in Australia

Following hours of deliberations, technical glitches and arguments from both sides, Justice Anthony Kelly ordered tennis player Novak Djokovic to be released from a temporary Australian hotel detention facility and his possessions to be returned to him within 30 minutes of that release. With that ruling, Djokovic will be allowed to defend his title at the Australian Open in Melbourne this month. The ruling comes after the government’s decision to cancel Djokovic’s visa after he flew to Australia on January 5th. The Australian Border Force deemed his medical exemption from requirements that all arrivals be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 was invalid. Justice Kelly also ordered the Australian Ministry of Home Affairs to pay Djokovic’s legal costs.