In moments the future of Novak Djokovic is defined in an audience in Australia: the harsh punishment he could receive

Admirers of Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic gather outside the Park Hotel, where the Serbian is (Reuters)

These are hours of maximum tension for Novak Djokovic in Australia. In minutes, the Serbian appears in the Federal Court of Melbourne in the framework of the appeal that his lawyers presented after his visa was revoked upon entering the country under the current covid-19 regulations. It is a judge who will determine whether, finally, Nole he will be able to stay to play the first Grand Slam of the year or if he will be deported. This second alternative could carry even more serious damages for the number one in the world.

The hearing was supposed to begin at 10:00 am on Monday (23:00 GMT on Sunday, 20:00 in Argentina), but due to problems with the transmission, its start has been delayed. Judge Anthony Kelly will decide whether to agree with the tennis player and cancel the cancellation of his visa or if he upholds the authorities’ decision to deny entry to the leader of the ladder. In the event that the magistrate ratifies this decision to revoke the permit, Nole could suffer even greater punishment since You could be barred from Australia until 2025.

The Serbian Sports Daily Flash, citing Australian border sources, reported that “A person whose visa has been revoked may be prohibited for a period of three years from even being issued a temporary visa”, which would prevent the presence of Djokovic in the first Grand Slam of the year until 2025. It should be noted that the Serbian is the all-time top Australian Open winner, with nine titles to his credit after winning the 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020 and 2021 editions.

But what are the options presented to the world’s number one?

First, it should be noted that the process is not easy since Australian public parties, federal and regional, and a private institution, the organizers of the tournament, are involved in the conflict. In addition, time is short because there are only seven days left before the start of the activity, which is why the magistrate rejected the authorities’ request to postpone the hearing.

In this frame, the judge must analyze whether the immigration officials acted accordingly with the tennis player and in turn he will listen to the arguments of the athlete’s defense, who will be present and may be questioned and cross-examined on any question that involves him.

According to an agency report AFP, if Judge Anthony Kelly decides in favor of Djokovic, he would annul the cancellation of his visa, which would be valid again. It would be a sensational victory for Djokovic, a vaccine skeptic, and a dramatic setback for the Australian government, which has been enforcing strict Covid-19 controls at its borders for about two years. The legal team of the Serbian star has exposed what he wants the judge to rule in this scenario. In a 35-page brief before the hearing, they ask for his “immediate release” before 5:00 pm on Monday. They have also asked the judge to rule “as soon as possible”, without waiting to elaborate his legal reasoning that, they say, could be released later. The Australian Open begins just seven days after Monday’s hearing.

Nole is the all-time top winner of the Australian Open, with nine titles (Reuters)
Nole is the all-time top winner of the Australian Open, with nine titles (Reuters)

However, the government is sure to appeal that ruling, according to Christopher Levingston, a certified immigration law specialist with more than 20 years of experience. Y during the appeal “Mr. Djokovic would continue to be detained for immigration reasons,” he said in an analysis of the case.

But, yesIf the hearing is resolved in favor of the Australian government, it is likely that the Australian government will try to expel Djokovic from the country on the next available plane from Melbourne. Last Thursday, the judge ordered the Interior Minister, Karen Andrews, not to expel Djokovic while he presented his appeal. That order expires on Monday at 4:00 p.m. Levingston said the government’s case was based on a section of immigration law that he said “will ultimately cause Mr. Djokovic to fail in his application.” According to the law, the minister only has to demonstrate that the presence of the visa holder “may, would be or could be” a risk to the health, safety or good order of Australians. But even if the government wins, the Serbian superstar could appeal.

If the judge dismisses the tennis ace case, there could be an appeal from Djokovic. “If he loses, it is very likely that an appeal will be filed,” he said. John Findley, an attorney-director who focuses on immigration, family, business and tax matters. In that case, Djokovic’s lawyers would have to argue that there was a mistake and probably point to some unproven point of the law, he added. But even if such an appeal is filed, Djokovic could not go free while the case is arguedLevingston said. Although the judge can admit an appeal, he could not order the government to grant a visa allowing Djokovic to get out of detention. The Australian Home Secretary could grant such a visa, he said. But it is unlikely that he will, given the government’s position on his case and politics.

It is necessary to remember that this Saturday, Serbian lawyers made a presentation to support the appeal. The main focus indicates that Nole He had a medical exemption to enter the host country of the Australian Open -whose start is scheduled for next January 17- because he had a coronavirus weeks ago. “The date of the first Positive PCR test for COVID was recorded on December 16, 2021″ Says the document quoted by the Australian media. However, he did not present fevers or other symptoms in the 72 hours after that positive test. After the presentation of this resource, the controversy grew since quickly in social networks photos of the number 1 of the world ranking began to appear that showed their presence in different events surrounded by forgives and without a mask during those days of December.

The Australian Open will begin on January 17 (EFE)
The Australian Open will begin on January 17 (EFE)

The number one in the world awaits the definition of his future housed in a migration center located in the old Park Hotel, which has hermetically closed windows and from which no one can enter or leave, only the staff who work there can leave. In the last hours, Nole has requested to be assigned a personal chef with the aim of taking care of their strict gluten-free diet and You have filed an order to be transferred to an apartment complex with a tennis court to be able to train towards his goal of participating in the first Grand Slam of the year. In fact, the Serbian has offered to pay out of his own pocket to hire a group of private security agents to guarantee the transfer. But nevertheless, each and every one of his requests has been rejected by the Australian Border Force.

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