SYDNEY, Australia – On Saturday, Australia remanded tennis player Novak Djokovic in custody, citing the tennis star's objection to vaccination as a potential source of "public upheaval" and a high-profile court clash.
After failing the first time to deport the unvaccinated 34-year-old, Australia's conservative government is trying again.
And Djokovic is retaliating for the second time, with a new court appeal set for Sunday.
The case will be heard by the full Federal Court of three justices beginning at 9:30 a.m. (2230 GMT), a format that leaves little room for appeal.
A motorcade was seen driving from his lawyers' offices to the former Park Hotel facility, where he had been kept under surveillance for most of Saturday.
The Serbian star is best known around the world as a gangly all-conquering tennis champion with a devastating backhand and an anti-vaccine stance.
In court documents, Australia portrays him as an anti-vaxxer who must be removed in the public good and as a cause for potential "civil disturbance."
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said that Djokovic's presence in Australia "may foment anti-vaccination attitude," justifying his use of extensive administrative powers to revoke the tennis star's visa.
Djokovic's presence could not only inspire individuals to break health rules, but it could also lead to "civil turmoil," according to Hawke.
With only two days until the Australian Open begins, the defending champion is once again concentrating on the law courts rather than the center court.
Djokovic used a medical exemption to enter Australia a week ago, seeking to challenge for a record 21st Grand Slam championship at the Open, after months of debate over whether he would get vaccinated to play there
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