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Australian court docket is holding “instructions listening to” on Djokovic case


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

Novak Djokovic’s Australia visa was immediately 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.

Here’s what this implies and what may occur subsequent, in keeping with authorized consultants.

Could Djokovic enchantment once more? Yes — the tennis star may request a short lived injunction from the choose, stated Justin Quill, a accomplice with an Australian regulation agency in Melbourne. During that further time, he may keep within the nation and enchantment the choice.

But “you possibly can’t simply enchantment since you wish to enchantment,” 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’s not clear but — the Australian Open begins Monday, with Djokovic drawn towards 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.

During that point, Djokovic is likely to be positioned in detention once more — until the minister grants him a bridging visa, which may enable him to play within the Open whereas ready for the choice or making preparations to depart Australia, Jockel stated.

Djokovic’s legal professionals may additionally go to court docket — however they’d 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 photographs taken throughout that interval seem to point out him in each Spain and Serbia.

In a press release on Wednesday, Djokovic known as it a “human error.”

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