Despite the visa issue, top lawyer claims Novak Djokovic will ‘probably’ play in the Australian Open.
After having his visa revoked by border officials, NOVAK DJOKOVIC could be deported from Australia on Monday, just one week before the Australian Open.
Despite his visa issues, Novak Djokovic has a “fairly good chance” of competing in the upcoming Australian Open, according to a top lawyer.
After being granted a medical exemption, the nine-time Australian champion’s visa was revoked when he arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday.
Djokovic is being held in a detention hotel until the hearing resumes on Monday.
On Tuesday, Djokovic announced that he had received “an exemption permission” to compete in the Australian Open and that he would be flying to Melbourne.
The world No. 1 “applied for a medical exemption, which was granted following a rigorous review process involving two separate independent panels of medical experts,” including an independent panel appointed by the Victorian Department of Health, according to Tennis Australia.
When the Australian Border Force discovered an “issue” with the world No. 1’s visa while en route to Melbourne, he was taken to an airport room and questioned overnight.
Djokovic’s visa was then revoked after the Serb provided “minimal” proof of his exemption, which was backed up by only one doctor, and when border officials and the Victorian government demanded more evidence, he was unable to provide it.
The nine-time Australian Open champion’s lawyers filed an appeal, and Djokovic was allowed to remain in the country until the hearing resumes at 10 a.m. local time on Monday.
With the 34-year-old now residing at the Park Hotel in Melbourne, a detention facility that also houses asylum seekers, some of whom have been in detention for nine years, it has been revealed that Tennis Australia incorrectly informed players that if they had been infected with Covid in the previous six months, they could obtain an exemption.
Tennis Australia granted Djokovic a vaccine medical exemption and allowed him to enter the country after he recovered from a recent infection, according to reports.
However, leaked letters from Australia’s Health Minister and a government Department of Health representative sent to Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley in November show that Tiley was specifically told that previous infection was insufficient grounds for vaccine exemption.
Now, a leading Australian lawyer has admitted that he thinks Djokovic can win.
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