Novak Djokovic will soon be detained by Australian authorities. Here’s what we know.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic rests during a training session ahead of the Australian Open tennis major at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia on January 14. (Diego Videl/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

Australian authorities are again arresting tennis star Novak Djokovic on Saturday before a federal court hears his case to remain in the country.

The decision was made during an emergency hearing before Judge Anthony Kelly in the Federal Circuit and Family Court on Friday, after Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s decision to revoke Djokovic’s visa for a second time.

The tennis star will be interviewed by the Australian Border Force at 8am local time on Saturday (4pm ET on Friday) at an undisclosed “mutually agreed” location in the case.

At that point, Djokovic will be formally detained by two Border Force officials and escorted to his attorney’s office while his case is heard in federal court.

The place where border officials will meet Djokovic will be kept a secret in order to preserve the safety of the tennis star and prevent the “media circus”.

“We have real concerns about security and a potential media circus,” Djokovic’s attorney, Nick Wood, told the court when Judge Kelly pleaded to allow Djokovic to be extradited to border officials in private.

Minister of Immigration Novak Djokovic, as the case file is known, was formally transferred from the Federal Circuit Court to the Australian Federal Court late Friday night local time.

Judge David O’Callaghan will now oversee the case, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. local time on Saturday (6:15 p.m. ET on Friday).

Wood told the court that the immigration minister had used his personal power to revoke the 34-year-old’s visa on the grounds that it would “stir up anti-extremist sentiment” should he remain in Australia, calling it a “fundamentally different approach” to the government’s argument.

“The basic new rationale is not an immediate danger to others, it is that Mr. Djokovic is in Australia, in Melbourne in particular, by being here will provoke anti-extremist sentiment. That is the point. A radically different approach,” Wood said.


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