Novak Djokovic’s Australian visa has today been canceled for the second time – putting his attendance at the Australian Open once again in doubt and potentially triggering another legal impasse.
Here’s what this means and what could happen next, according to legal experts.
Can Djokovic appeal again? Yes – the tennis star can ask for a temporary restraining order from the judge, said Justin Quill, partner at an Australian law firm in Melbourne. During that extra time, he can stay in the country and appeal the decision.
But “you can’t just appeal because you want to appeal,” Quill added – Djokovic will have to show the judge he has valid grounds to object to the decision.
Can Djokovic play at the tournament during the proceedings? It remains unclear – the Australian Open kicks off on Monday, with Djokovic held to a draw against compatriot Serb Miomir Kecmanovic in a first-round match that now appears to be in doubt.
What options does Djokovic have? Maria Jockel, an immigration law specialist at BDO Australia, told CNN Djokovic’s lawyers now have 28 days to represent the immigration minister, who can then choose to reinstate the visa.
In the meantime, Djokovic could be detained again – unless the minister allows him bridging visa, which could allow him to play at the Open pending a decision or arrangement to leave Australia, Jockel said.
Djokovic’s attorneys could also go to court – but they will face an uphill legal battle, especially as he admitted earlier this week that false information was included in the duly declaration. his calendar, Jockel said.
The statement said he had not traveled for 14 days before arriving in Melbourne – but photographs taken during that time appear to show him in both Spain and Serbia.
In a statement Wednesday, Djokovic called it a “human error.”