The Immigration Minister, Alex Hawke, has announced this Friday the cancellation of the visa of Novak Djokovic and therefore should be deported. But the soap opera is not over yet. With the Serb in front, this doesn’t end until you beat him to the last point. The number one in the world is already preparing his next blow. His lawyers are studying filing an appeal in court to appeal the decision and avoid being deported.
The Serbian is willing to do anything to achieve his goal, to play the Open de Australia. The scandals that have mounted throughout this week proves it. Now it’s time to start over. History repeats itself, Australia cancels his visa and he goes to court. If they file the appeal, the case would go back to Federal Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly, who overturned the cancellation the first time, for a hearing and if he sees fit, he could move it to Federal Court.
The decision of Minister Hawke implies that the tennis player be arrested or get on a plane to leave the country. If he is arrested, he will be taken back to the Park Hotel, where he was already with the refugees after being arrested the first time. Now Djokovic You have just a few hours to file the appeal or you will be deported. In the event that he files the appeal on time, it is expected that the deadlines will be accelerated so that the trial will be held throughout this weekend and the judge’s ruling will take place on the Sunday before the Australian Open begins, allowing him so play a match earlier in the week if they manage to beat the Australian government for the second time.
Djokovic could still play in Australia
A Djokovic he is interested in the soap opera being lengthened. According to the Australian media The Age, even if Nole is arrested again a judge could order the minister to grant him a visa while the case is heard. The Grand Slam starts on Monday, the same day that the current champion of the tournament is scheduled to debut, so if the ruling does not occur before Sunday, the Serbian would have options to defend the title, or at least jump on the track in the first match.
However, this situation is different from the first. Now Immigration has proof that the law was broken by lying on the declaration to enter Australia. Novak said that he had not made any trips in the 14 days prior to his arrival in the oceanic country but it was discovered that this was not true, he was in Belgrade on December 25 and 26 and then returned to Spain to travel from there to Melbourne on December 4 January. That lie is what has cost him deportation and he is exposed to five years in prison for it.
However, we will have to wait to see what happens with the appeal and the decision made by the judge. In the event that the appeal is not presented, the number one in the world would be forced to leave the country in the next few hours and would have to take the first flight to Europe. If you are deported, Djokovic faces a three-year veto from entering Australia.