He has already won in court once, while his legal team has successfully postponed Hawk’s decision by filing what the minister’s spokesman said were “long-running follow-up roles”. A judicial review would increase the exceptional chances of Djokovic playing in the tournament while the matter is being considered and decided.
What are the possible outcomes?
1. He wins – but it feels bad
Djokovic’s family described his victory in court earlier this week – after a judge ruled that due process was not followed – due process – as the “biggest victory” of his career. The annulment of Hawk’s verdict, which was passed in the following days of debate, would be an even more monumental personal victory if viewed through the same lens. This would give him arguably the best chance to win a record 21st majority and earn the title of tennis best of all time.
But in almost every other respect, it would be little to celebrate for Djokovic given his ill-health and the damage all this has done to his reputation. His presence in Melbourne Park could prove to be a lightning rod in the locker room and in the stands. I would also strike a hammer blow to the dwindling credibility of the Australian Government.
2. He loses – and the chance to keep him in the middle of the tournament
So they would detain him immediately, maybe in the middle of a tournament and even a match, and send him home with the first flight available. At 34, deportation and a three-year ban could ruin his hopes of winning another Australian OP, severely limiting his ability to set the highest record he would otherwise have ever beaten. It will also encourage other countries and tournaments with coronavirus vaccination rules to ban him from playing there.
In Australia, there is also the danger of new protests by Djokovic’s supporters and major diplomatic repercussions between her government and the Serbian government.