Novak Djokovic was taken into custody by immigration officials on Saturday as he fights the Australian government’s attempts to deport him.
Court documents filed by his lawyers confirmed he was held in immigration detention in Melbourne at 9:19 am as a court decides whether he can be deported after entering Australia without being vaccinated.
A judge ruled that Djokovic could remain at his residence until a meeting with immigration officials on Saturday morning, after which he was detained and escorted to his lawyers’ office. It is not clear where he was held afterwards.
Border officials are expected to escort him back to his attorney’s office on Sunday morning for the hearing in which both sides will set out their cases.
The judge has ruled that Djokovic can only be deported after the appeal has been completed. It is unclear whether he would voluntarily leave the country. His lawyers did not return emails on Saturday requesting comment.
Djokovic’s lawyers, concerned about the media storm surrounding his case, have tried to keep his location a secret. A judge ruled that both Djokovic’s lawyers and the immigration service had to agree on his whereabouts.
On Friday, Djokovic’s lawyers unsuccessfully argued that he should be kept out of immigration detention for the duration of the appeal.