Novak Djokovic was taken into custody by immigration officials on Saturday as he fights the Australian government’s efforts to deport him.
Court documents submitted by his lawyers confirmed that he had been held in immigration custody since 9:19 in Melbourne, as the court ruled whether he could be deported after entering Australia without vaccination.
The judge ruled that Djokovic would be able to remain in his residence until Saturday morning’s meeting with immigration officials, after which he was taken into custody and escorted to his lawyers’ office. It was not clear where he was then held.
The border guards are expected to escort him back to his law offices on Sunday morning, at which both parties will explain their case.
The judge ruled that Djokovic could not be deported until the appeal was completed. It is not clear whether he would leave the country voluntarily. His lawyers did not return e-mails requesting comments on Saturday.
Djokovic’s lawyers, concerned about the media storm surrounding his case, tried to keep his place secret. The judge ruled that both Djokovic’s lawyers and the immigration department 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.