Novak Djokovic’s Australia visa was right now canceled for a second time — throwing his participation within the Australian Open into query as soon as extra and doubtlessly sparking one other authorized standoff.
Here’s what this implies and what might occur subsequent, in accordance with authorized consultants.
Could Djokovic enchantment once more? Yes — the tennis star might request a brief injunction from the choose, stated Justin Quill, a associate with an Australian regulation agency in Melbourne. During that additional time, he might keep within the nation and enchantment the choice.
But “you can’t just appeal because you want to appeal,” Quill added — Djokovic must present the choose he has legitimate grounds to protest the choice.
Can Djokovic play within the match throughout authorized proceedings? It’s not clear but — the Australian Open begins Monday, with Djokovic drawn towards fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic in a primary spherical match that now appears unsure.
What choices does Djokovic have? Maria Jockel, an immigration regulation specialist at BDO Australia, advised CNN Djokovic’s legal professionals now have 28 days to make representations to the immigration minister, who might then select to reinstate the visa.
During that point, Djokovic could be positioned in detention once more — except the minister grants him a bridging visa, which might enable him to play within the Open whereas ready for the choice or making preparations to go away Australia, Jockel stated.
Djokovic’s legal professionals might additionally go to court docket — however they’d face a tough authorized battle, particularly given his admission earlier this week that false data 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 indicate him in each Spain and Serbia.
In an announcement on Wednesday, Djokovic known as it a “human error.”