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MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic was reportedly back in immigration detention on Saturday after his legal challenge to avoid being deported from Australia for not being vaccinated against COVID-19 was referred to a higher court.

A Federal Court hearing is scheduled for Sunday, a day before the No.1-ranked men’s tennis player and nine-time Australian Open champion was due to begin his title defense at the inaugural Grand Slam tennis tournament. the year.

Police closed a lane behind the building where Djokovic’s lawyers are based and two vehicles exited the building mid-afternoon local time on Saturday. In television footage, Djokovic could be seen wearing a face mask in the back of a vehicle near a migrant detention hotel.

The Australian Associated Press reported that Djokovic was back in custody. He spent four nights confined to a hotel near Melbourne city center before being released last Monday when he won a legal challenge on procedural grounds against his first visa cancellation.

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