The destiny of Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open title defence might be determined within the Federal Court at present.
The attraction in opposition to the cancelled visa of Novak Djokovic might be heard at 9:30am
The Serbian tennis star had his visa revoked by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke on Friday
Djokovic is in Melbourne for the Australian Open which begins on Monday
The Serbian world primary males’s tennis participant will make his final try to play within the yr’s first grand slam after his visa was revoked by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke.
His attraction might be heard within the Federal Court by three judges, Chief Justice James Allsop, Justice Anthony Besanko and Justice David O’Callaghan.
Djokovic, a 20-time grand slam champion, had his visa revoked on Friday by Mr Hawke who mentioned it was “in the public interest to do so”.
The 34-year-old will not be vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, with ideas he incorrectly crammed out his declaration kind earlier than arriving within the nation.
If the Federal Court upholds the attraction it can enable Djokovic to try to win his tenth Australian Open and change into the all-time males’s chief with 21 grand slam crowns, going previous Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
However, if his attraction is dismissed, he faces the prospect of not being allowed into Australia for 3 years.
Djokovic spent final evening in detention within the Park Hotel in Melbourne, ready for the listening to.
He was granted an exemption to enter Australia by two completely different impartial well being panels — one engaged by Tennis Australia, the opposite by the Victorian authorities.
However, he was detained by Australian Border Force when he arrived on January 5 as a result of he didn’t meet the federal authorities’s requirement of being vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19.
Despite one federal decide dismissing his detainment on the grounds he was unfairly handled by the ABF officers, Mr Hawke used his authority as Immigration Minister to disclaim Djokovic’s visa for a second time.
In a submission to the courtroom on Friday, attorneys for Djokovic argued the explanations for his or her consumer’s visa cancellation weren’t legitimate.
They mentioned Mr Hawke had erroneously cancelled his visa on the grounds Djokovic was seen as a “talisman of a community of anti-vaccine sentiment”.
They even have argued that the federal authorities had supplied no proof that Djokovic may “foster anti-vaccination sentiment” and the minister was not the one to make that call.
Lawyers for the federal authorities had till 10pm AEDT on Saturday to file an overview of their argument to the courtroom.
This has but to be revealed on the Federal Court web site.
Djokovic is scheduled to play fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic within the opening spherical of the match on Monday.