Novak Djokovic’s lawsuit shows he tested positive for coronavirus on December 16 as he fights deportation | World news

Novak Djokovic, who is fighting deportation from Australia, tested positive for COVID-19 on December 16, according to court documents.

The world’s number one tennis player is in immigration detention after having his visa canceled upon arriving in Melbourne on Thursday.

Djokovic said in his court application that he had a valid visa and medical exemption from the organizer of the Australian Open.

Why is Djokovic being refused entry to Australia – and what are their travel rules?

He is currently embroiled in a row over whether he is exempt from the country’s COVID inoculation rules.

The request says he received a document from the Home Office on January 1 stating that he qualified to travel without quarantine to Australia.

Reports say Tennis Australia has told unvaccinated players they could get a temporary exemption if they’ve recovered from COVID in the past six months, according to a leaked letter.

Djokovic is spending a third day at a Melbourne hotel that has also turned into a detention center for immigrants – a few miles from the luxury hotels where most Australian Open players stay.

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