Novak Djokovic faces the law
The Serbian appeals the cancellation of his visa in Australia
Novak Djokovic’s insistence on playing at the Australian Open despite not being vaccinated against Covid-19 reached a higher court, which will analyze the tennis player’s appeal against the second cancellation of his visa.
It was not possible to see Djokovic in the video of the hearing broadcast to the public online, just two days before the date on which the Serbian athlete, number one in the world ranking, is due to play his first match of 2022 at Melbourne Park.
Judge David O’Callaghan ruled that lawyers for Djokovic and the government need to present their arguments in writing tonight. He scheduled a new hearing for tomorrow morning.
Yesterday, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke invalidated the 34-year-old tennis player’s visa, which was initially revoked the week before, when Djokovic landed at a Melbourne airport.
Due to procedural formalities, a judge reinstated the visa on Monday, since Djokovic did not have a lawyer at the airport.
Last night, when analyzing his new appeal, Djokovic was allowed to remain free. However, the plan was for the Balkan star to return effectively to the immigration detention center when he met with Australian Border Force officials.
A deportation from Australia would bar Djokovic from returning for three years. However, that sanction could be revoked depending on the circumstances.
Djokovic is the biggest winner at the Australian Open, with nine championships, including the last three. He has won 20 titles in Grand Slam tournaments, so he is tied with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer as the greatest monarchs in the great events of the men’s circuit in history.
The tennis player has acknowledged that his travel declaration was incorrect, since he did not report his presence in multiple countries during the two weeks prior to his arrival in Australia.
Through his social networks, Djokovic published on Wednesday what has been his most extensive public comment on this entire episode. He blamed his representative for selecting the wrong option on the form.
He considered that it was “a human error, certainly not deliberate.”
In that same post, Djokovic said he held up an interview and photo shoot with a French newspaper in Serbia knowing he had tested positive for Covid-19 two days earlier.
Djokovic has tried to use a positive test taken on December 16 as justification for playing in Australia without getting vaccinated.
Hawke commented that he had canceled the visa “for reasons of health and order, on the grounds that doing so was in the best public interest.”
His statement added that Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government “is strongly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.”
accuse of mistreatment
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has accused the Australian authorities of “mistreating and humiliating” tennis player Novak Djokovic.
“Why do you mistreat him and why do you humiliate him, not only him but also his family and an entire free and proud nation?” Vucic declared on his Instagram.
Vucic asked if these measures are taken to “flatter public opinion” and win points before the elections that are expected in Australia this year, and denounced that attacks and pressure on the athletes have had a great echo for “unknown” reasons.
“I return to the moral issue. If you wanted to ban Novak from the tenth trophy in Melbourne, why didn’t you immediately reject him and tell him he couldn’t get a visa?
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