Novak Djokovic’s appeal to revoke his visa was upheld by the Australian Federal Court on Sunday morning.
After the two legal teams were briefly convened on Friday night, following a decision by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke to revoke Djokovic’s visa for a second time for “health and good order”, a brief hearing was held on Saturday morning. .
In it, Judge David O’Callaghan confirmed that the case had been transferred from the Federal District Court and that the main hearing would take place on Sunday at 9.30am (10.30pm on Saturday British time).
Djokovic is expected to play the first round match of the Australian Open against the Serb Miomir Kecmanovic on Monday.
A schedule was agreed on Friday, with Djokovic expected to be detained on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. for a meeting with immigration officials before meeting with his lawyers. He was then allegedly detained overnight, preferably back to the Park Hotel.
The world’s number one legal team has revealed that their grounds for appeal will focus on the irrationality of the decision, which attorney Nick Wood said was based on the threat of an “exciting anti-waxing feeling”.
Djokovic has been waiting since a judge on Monday overturned an original decision to determine whether Hawke would use his powers to re-impose a sentence.
And just before 6pm (7am UK time) on Friday, Hawke issued a statement saying: “Today I exercised my power under section 133C (3) of the Migration Act to revoke the visa that Mr. Novak Djokovic for health and good order, because it was in the public interest.
“This decision followed the order of the Federal District and Family Court of 10 January 2022, which annulled the previous decision on revocation due to procedural fairness.
“In making this decision, I carefully considered the information provided to me by the Ministry of the Interior, the Australian Border Force and Mr Đoković.
“The Morrison government is firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, especially in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic.”
The decision means that Djokovic is also threatened with a three-year ban from entering the country, which could mean that he will never play in the Australian Open again, although this may be abandoned.
The situation has prevailed in world news since Djokovic was detained at Melbourne airport last Thursday morning after border force officials determined he did not have the proper documentation to enter the country.
The nine-time Australian Open champion who has not been vaccinated has received an exception Tennis Australia from strict rules on coronavirus vaccination for arrivals in the country because it was positive last month.
The other two individuals – Czech actress Renata Voracova and an official – with the same exception were later told they could not stay in the country, and they left before Judge Kelly ruled in favor of Djokovic on Monday.
After his release, Djokovic went straight to Melbourne Park and has been training every day since then, including early Friday morning, but his hopes of staying in the country seemed to have faded as he ran the week after revelations about his behavior.
Documents reveal that Djokovic was positive in Serbia on December 16, but was photographed at events for the next two days and issued a statement earlier this week admitting that he participated in an interview with French L’Equipe newspaper at his tennis center in Belgrade, even though he knew he had the virus.
He also admitted that his statement erroneously claimed that he had not traveled in the 14 days prior to the trip to Australia, which he attributed to his agent’s mistake.
There has been strong criticism of the way the Australian government has handled the situation, but public opinion is strongly in favor of sending Djokovic home.
Compassion there was also a shortage of his teammates, many of whom were skeptical about vaccination, with world number four Stefanos Tsitsipas telling India’s WION news channel: look like everyone’s stupid. “
Andy Murray after the victory over Reilly, Opel in Sydney took on a more conciliatory tone and said: “The situation is not good. I’m not going to sit here and start kicking Novak when he’s on the floor. This is not a good situation for anyone.
“Obviously I want this resolved. I think it would be good for everyone if that were the case. It seems like it’s been dragging on for a long time and it’s not great for tennis, not for the Australian Open, not for Novak. ”