MELBOURNE, Australia — Tennis star Novak Djokovic faces deportation once more after the Australian authorities revoked his visa for a second time.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke mentioned Friday he used his ministerial discretion to revoke the 34-year-old Serb’s visa on public curiosity grounds three days earlier than the Australian Open is to start.
Djokovic’s legal professionals are anticipated to enchantment the cancelation within the Federal Circuit and Household Court docket as they efficiently did after the primary cancellation.
Hawke mentioned he canceled the visa on “well being and good order grounds, on the idea that it was within the public curiosity to take action.”
“The Morrison Authorities is firmly dedicated to defending Australia’s borders, notably in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Hawke mentioned in a press release, referring to Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
It’s the second time Djokovic’s visa has been canceled since he arrived in Melbourne final week to defend his Australian Open title.
His exemption from a COVID-19 vaccination requirement to compete was authorized by the Victoria state authorities and Tennis Australia, the match organizer. That apparently allowed him to obtain a visa to journey.
However the Australian Border Drive rejected the exemption and canceled his visa upon arrival in Melbourne. Djokovic spent 4 nights in an immigration detention resort earlier than a choose on Monday overturned that call.
Melbourne-based immigration lawyer Kian Bone mentioned Djokovic’s legal professionals confronted an “extraordinarily troublesome” process to get court docket orders over the weekend to permit their consumer to play subsequent week.
“For Djokovic to get the outcomes he must play can be extraordinarily troublesome to acquire over the weekend,” Bone mentioned.
Hawke’s delay in reaching a choice bordered on punitive, Bone mentioned.
“Should you left it any later than he has accomplished now, I feel from a strategic standpoint he’s (Hawke’s) actually hamstringing Djokovic’s authorized group, when it comes to what kind of choices or treatments he may get hold of,” Bone mentioned hours earlier than the choice was introduced.
The legal professionals would wish to go earlier than an obligation choose of the Federal Circuit and Household Court docket or a better choose of the Federal Court docket to get two pressing orders.
One order can be an injunction stopping his deportation, just like the order he gained final week. The second would order Hawke to grant Djokovic a visa to play.
“That second order is sort of not precedented,” Bone mentioned. “Very not often do the courts order a member of the chief authorities to grant a visa.”