Novak Djokovic’s Australia visa was in the present day canceled for a second time — throwing his participation within the Australian Open into query as soon as extra and probably sparking one other authorized standoff.
This is what this implies and what may occur subsequent, in line with authorized specialists.
May Djokovic enchantment once more? Sure — the tennis star may request a short lived injunction from the decide, stated Justin Quill, a associate with an Australian regulation agency in Melbourne. Throughout that additional time, he may keep within the nation and enchantment the choice.
However “you’ll be able to’t simply enchantment since you wish to enchantment,” Quill added — Djokovic must present the decide he has legitimate grounds to protest the choice.
Can Djokovic play within the match throughout authorized proceedings? It is not clear but — the Australian Open begins Monday, with Djokovic drawn towards fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic in a primary spherical match that now appears doubtful.
What choices does Djokovic have? Maria Jockel, an immigration regulation specialist at BDO Australia, informed CNN Djokovic’s attorneys now have 28 days to make representations to the immigration minister, who may then select to reinstate the visa.
Throughout that point, Djokovic is likely to be positioned in detention once more — until the minister grants him a bridging visa, which may enable him to play within the Open whereas ready for the choice or making preparations to depart Australia, Jockel stated.
Djokovic’s attorneys may additionally go to courtroom — however they might face a tough authorized battle, particularly given his admission earlier this week that false info was included on his journey declaration, Jockel stated.
The declaration acknowledged he had not traveled within the 14 days previous to arriving in Melbourne — however images taken throughout that interval seem to point out him in each Spain and Serbia.
In an announcement on Wednesday, Djokovic referred to as it a “human error.”