Today, Novak Djokovic’s Australian visa was revoked for the second time – throwing his Australian Open participation into question once again and possibly sparking another legal confrontation.
Here’s what that means and what could happen next, according to legal experts.
Can Djokovic resume again? Yes – the tennis star can seek a temporary injunction from a judge, said Justin Coyle, partner at an Australian law firm in Melbourne. During this extra time, he can stay in the country and appeal the decision.
Coyle added: “You can’t appeal just because you want to appeal” – Djokovic will have to show the judge that he has good reasons to protest the decision.
Can Djokovic play in the tournament during legal proceedings? It’s not yet clear – the Australian Open begins on Monday, with Djokovic tied against fellow Serbian Miomir Kikmanovic in a first-round match that now looks in doubt.
What options does Djokovic have? Maria Jokel, immigration law specialist at BDO Australia, said CNN’s lawyers have 28 days for Djokovic to file notes with the immigration minister, who can then choose to return the visa.
During that time, Djokovic may be placed in custody again – unless the minister grants him a transitional visa, which could allow him to play in the World Open while he awaits a decision or arrangements are made to leave Australia, Jockle said.
Jokl said Djokovic’s lawyers could also go to court – but they would face a tough legal battle, particularly given his admission earlier this week that false information was included on his travel pass.
The ad stated that he had not traveled in the 14 days before arriving in Melbourne – but photos taken during that time appear to show him in both Spain and Serbia.
In a statement on Wednesday, Djokovic called it a “human error.”