Novak Djokovic supporters pepper-sprayed after tennis pro gets visa reinstated

A crowd of Novak Djokovic supporters were pepper sprayed in Melbourne on Monday evening after surrounding a car believed to be carrying the tennis pro after a judge decided to reinstate his visa, according to reports.

Federal Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly ruled that the government’s decision to cancel Djokovic’s visa was “unreasonable” and that he did not have enough time to speak to his lawyers before the decision was made. be taken on the grounds that he had not provided sufficient evidence of a medical examination. exemption.

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A car supposed to transport Djokovic leaves Collins Street surrounded by Serbian tennis fans on January 10, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia.
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A large crowd of supporters, some carrying Serbian flags, gathered outside his lawyer’s office after Djokovic’s release was ordered. As a black car began to roll out, crowds surrounded it, some even dancing on the vehicle and banging against its windows.

Police use pepper spray to disperse supporters of Serbian Novak Djokovic outside his legal team's offices as a car leaves the building in Melbourne on January 10, 2022.

Police use pepper spray to disperse supporters of Serbian Novak Djokovic outside his legal team’s offices as a car leaves the building in Melbourne on January 10, 2022.
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According to Age, the police started to use pepper spray on some supporters. As the crowd dispersed, some began to confront the officers and toss bottles.

The vehicle in question is said to have transported Djokovic or someone associated with his coaching staff.

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The world No.1 took to Twitter on Monday to thank his supporters, adding that his hope of being able to participate in the open from Australia is scheduled to start on January 17th.

“I am happy and grateful that the judge overturned the cancellation of my visa,” he wrote. “Despite everything that has happened I want to stay and try to compete [at the] Australian Open. I stay focused on this. I flew here to play one of the most important events we have had in front of incredible fans. “

Serbian Novak Djokovic holds the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after beating Russia's Daniil Medvedev in the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday February 21, 2021.

Serbian Novak Djokovic holds the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after beating Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday February 21, 2021.
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“So far I can’t say more but THANKS everyone for supporting me through all of this and for encouraging me to stay strong,” he said in a second tweet.

Despite the reinstatement of his visa, Djokovic could still be deported depending on the federal government’s decision to revoke his visa again – a decision that would bar him from leaving the country for three years.

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