Novak Djokovic’s Australian visa was canceled today for the second time – questioning his participation in the Australian Open once again and potentially triggering yet another legal standoff.
Here’s what it means and what can happen next, according to legal experts.
Could Djokovic appeal again? Yes – the tennis star could request a temporary ban from the referee, said Justin Quill, a partner at an Australian law firm in Melbourne. In the extra time he could stay in the country and appeal the decision.
But “you can not just appeal because you want to appeal,” Quill added – Djokovic would have to show the judge that he has valid reason to protest the decision.
Can Djokovic play in the tournament during trials? It is not clear yet – the Australian Open starts on Monday, where Djokovic is a draw against second-placed Serb Miomir Kecmanovic in a match in the first round, which now seems to be in doubt.
What options does Djokovic have? Maria Jockel, a specialist in immigration law at BDO Australia, told CNN that Djokovic’s lawyers now have 28 days to make comments to the immigration minister, who could then choose to reintroduce the visa.
During that time, Djokovic may be detained again – unless the Minister gives him one brovisum, which could allow him to play in the Open while he waits for the decision or takes steps to leave Australia, Jockel said.
Djokovic’s lawyers could also go to court – but they would face a difficult legal battle, especially given his admission earlier this week that false information was included in his travel statement, Jockel said.
The statement said he had not traveled in the 14 days prior to arriving in Melbourne – but photos taken during that period appear to show him in both Spain and Serbia.
In a statement on Wednesday, Djokovic called it a “human error”.