Novak Djokovic supporters show up at Melbourne hotel where he's believed to be held

Some protesters were holding up signs in support of Djokovic and refugees who were held in the hotel as he was ordered to stay in the government-controlled hotels where Australian immigration officials also keep asylum seekers and refugees.

Serbian President Aleksander Vucic said he’s asked the Australian government to allow Djokovic to be transferred to a house he rented andnot to be in that infamous hotel.

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Novak Djokovic supporters rally outside Park Hotel where he thought to be detained on January 06, 2022 in Melbourne, 澳大利亚. Djokovic arrived in Melbourne to play in the upcoming Australian Open and was denied entry to Australia due to questions over the validity of his visa.

Novak Djokovic supporters rally outside Park Hotel where he thought to be detained on January 06, 2022 in Melbourne, 澳大利亚. Djokovic arrived in Melbourne to play in the upcoming Australian Open and was denied entry to Australia due to questions over the validity of his visa. (Diego Fedele/Getty Images)

Members of the local Serbian community gather for a vigil outside a hotel where Serbia's tennis champion Novak Djokovic is reported to be staying in Melbourne on January 6, 2022, after Australia said it had cancelled Djokovic's entry visa after having failed to "provide appropriate evidence" of double vaccination or a medical exemption.

Members of the local Serbian community gather for a vigil outside a hotel where Serbia’s tennis champion Novak Djokovic is reported to be staying in Melbourne on January 6, 2022, after Australia said it had cancelled Djokovic’s entry visa after having failed toprovide appropriate evidenceof double vaccination or a medical exemption. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

Supporters gather outside Park Hotel where Novak Djokovic was taken pending his removal from the country after his visa was cancelled by the Australian Border Force on January 06, 2022 in Melbourne, 澳大利亚. Djokovic arrived in Melbourne to play in the upcoming Australian Open and was denied entry to Australia as border authorities cancelled his visa.

Supporters gather outside Park Hotel where Novak Djokovic was taken pending his removal from the country after his visa was cancelled by the Australian Border Force on January 06, 2022 in Melbourne, 澳大利亚. Djokovic arrived in Melbourne to play in the upcoming Australian Open and was denied entry to Australia as border authorities cancelled his visa. (Diego Fedele/Getty Images)

Federal Circuit Judge Anthony Kelly adjourned Djokovic’s case to Monday. A lawyer for the government agreed the nine-time Australian Open champion and winner of 20 major titles should not be deported before then.

Djokovic is hoping an Australian court will rule in his favor after he was granted a medical exemption to get around the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all players participating in the Australian Open but his visa to enter the country was revoked. He now faces deportation and other legal hurdles.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison defended the process and revealed Djokovic’s visa was canceled.

WHY WAS NOVAK DJOKOVIC NOT LET INTO AUSTRALIA?

A tennis fan holds a sign outside the Park Hotel in Carlton on January 06, 2022 in Melbourne, 澳大利亚.

A tennis fan holds a sign outside the Park Hotel in Carlton on January 06, 2022 in Melbourne, 澳大利亚. (盖蒂图片社)

Mr Djokovic’s visa has been canceled. 规则就是规则, especially when it comes to our borders. No one is above these rules. Our strong border policies have been critical to Australia having one of the lowest death rates in the world from COVID, we are continuing to be vigilant,” Morrison tweeted.

A supporter of Novak Djokovic wears a Serbian flag as he waits outside Park Hotel where Djokovic was taken pending his removal from the country after his visa was canceled by the Australian Border Force on January 06, 2022 in Melbourne, 澳大利亚.

A supporter of Novak Djokovic wears a Serbian flag as he waits outside Park Hotel where Djokovic was taken pending his removal from the country after his visa was canceled by the Australian Border Force on January 06, 2022 in Melbourne, 澳大利亚. (Diego Fedele/Getty Images)

Pro-refugee protestors demonstrate at the Park Hotel, where Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic is believed to be held, in Melbourne, 澳大利亚.

Pro-refugee protestors demonstrate at the Park Hotel, where Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic is believed to be held, in Melbourne, 澳大利亚. (REUTERS/Sandra Sanders)

The Australian Border Forces also released a statement stating that Djokovic did not provide theappropriate evidenceto meet the government’s entry requirements, resulting in his visa being canceled.

Non-citizens who do not hold a valid visa on entry or who have had their visa canceled will be detained and removed from Australia,” 声明读, 通过 The Age.

Djokovic had not disclosed whether he’s vaccinated against the coronavirus, which is at the heart of the issue. He had landed in the country thinking he had Victoria state approval that would shield him from regulations requiring all players, fans and staff to have received the COVID-19 vaccination to be at the Australian Open. 显然地, that would’ve been OK to enter the tournament, but not the country.

The Australian Open begins on 一月. 17.

福克斯新闻’ Paulina Dedaj and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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