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Djokovic waits in Australian detention as lawyers debate vaccination status

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By Courtney Walsh and Cordelia Hsu MELBOURNE (Reuters) – World number one Novak Djokovic spent a second day in immigration detention in Australia on Friday as his lawyers battled to secure his release to play in the Australian Open and be exempt from strict COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Australian Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews hit back at suggestions by Serbian supporters, including Djokovic’s family, that he was being “held captive”, stressing the star player is free to leave the country at any time. Djokovic, who is chasing a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam in Melbourne from Jan. …

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