On Sunday, Chief Justice James Olsop announced the court’s decision. (Federal Court of Australia)
Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic has lost an appeal against the Australian government’s decision to revoke his visa for the second time.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion was scheduled to play against teammate Serb Miomi Kekmanovich on Monday.
But while Sunday’s verdict was a shock, experts say the road is not over yet.
Legal options: According to Abul Rizvi, Djokovic, a former deputy secretary of immigration, can still apply for leave in Australia’s apex court, although time is running out for him before the tournament begins.
“He can appeal for symbolic reasons, but something else,” said Rizvi, who said Djokovic would remain in custody until he left.
Another visa: According to BDO Australia’s immigration expert Maria Jokel, Djokovic could get a bridging visa, which could allow him to play in tournaments when he arranges to leave Australia.
But there is a hurdle – the visa can only be granted by the immigration minister, the same person who cancelled his visa on Friday. The court may ask Djokovic to grant him a bridging visa when the case is further appealed, but the decision ultimately depends on the immigration minister.
“Disappointed,” Novak Djokovic Says He Will Leave Australia After Losing Legal Fight
“I respect the Court’s ruling and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities about my departure from the country,” the 34-year-old world number one said in a statement on the eve of the Australian Open.