Reside updates: Novak Djokovic visa and Australian Open 2022


Novak Djokovic practiced at Melbourne Park on Friday earlier than his visa was canceled for a second time.  (Darrian Traynor/Getty Photos)

Novak Djokovic’s Australia visa was at the moment 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.

This is what this implies and what may occur subsequent, in keeping with authorized specialists.

Might Djokovic attraction once more? Sure — the tennis star may request a brief injunction from the choose, stated Justin Quill, a companion with an Australian regulation agency in Melbourne. Throughout that additional time, he may keep within the nation and attraction the choice.

However “you’ll be able to’t simply attraction since you wish to attraction,” 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 is not clear but — the Australian Open begins Monday, with Djokovic drawn in opposition to 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, informed CNN Djokovic’s legal professionals 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 — except the minister grants him a bridging visa, which may permit him to play within the Open whereas ready for the choice or making preparations to go away Australia, Jockel stated.

Djokovic’s legal professionals may additionally go to courtroom — however they might face a troublesome authorized battle, particularly given his admission earlier this week that false info was included on his journey declaration, Jockel stated.

The declaration said 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 a press release on Wednesday, Djokovic referred to as it a “human error.”

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