At last, Novak Djokovic got relief wins in court and stayed in Australia to play Australian Open. Anthony Kelly, the judge of the Australian Federal Courts, ordered shortly after five in the afternoon the immediate release of Novak Djokovic. Since last Thursday, he remained confined in his room at the Park Hotel in Melbourne. The immigration agents met him at Tullamarine airport. They canceled his visa when he tried to enter the country without vaccination (despite a medical exemption). After that verdict, the Serbian tennis player Djokovic opens the doors to play the Australian Open that starts on the 17th. That may allow him to reach the record of 21 wins in Grand Slam tournaments. He already has that; he showed the evidence certifying the exemption received once there.
He had already returned to training on a track with the intention of racing. He is happy and grateful that the judge has annulled the cancellation of his visa. Despite everything which has happened, he wants to stay and compete in the Australian Open. He flew here to play one of the biggest events with incredible fans.
In any case, Immigration legal services may consider withdrawing the visa from Nole. At least for now, he has already had his passport, and all his belongings returned. The Minister of Immigration, Alex Hawke, is assessing the possibility of exercising the authority that his position gives him in a personal ability to cancel Djokovic’s visa again. According to the media, if that happened, the tennis player could not re-enter Australia in the next three years. Hawke has assured me that he will not decide until this Tuesday. Meanwhile, Djokovic was at the Melbourne Rialto Tower on Collins Street, where his lawyers got the base.
The main reason that motivated the magistrate to decide to release the tennis player to play in the Australian Open was that the agents. After disembarking in the country, who interrogated him did not give him the time they had initially promised to present his argument. Judge Kelly says that he told Djokovic last Thursday that he could have until to respond to the notice of cancellation of his visa. And he points out that later, a response was requested, and the officers decided to cancel his visa. Therefore, the applicant denied [the deadline] to comment.
Novak Djokovic already wins the title of champion last year at there tennis court. He landed on previous week night to defend the title of a champion again. By that time, the Border Forces stopped him due to irregularity in the medical exemption which the Serbian tennis player processed. It should allow him on paper to circumvent the 14 mandatory days of quarantine for any traveler who has not received the complete vaccination schedule against covid-19.
The hearing started with a slight delay due to some technical problems related to the broadcasting system that persisted throughout the day. The concerned authorities cleared the world tennis number one champion from his rights. Judge Kelly passed a ruling that favors the player.
And the stated event took place two hours before that. Also, Djokovic could follow the hearing through the network and his legal team. Djokovic and his attorneys chose Nicholas Wood, the lawyer, whose presentation spanned almost four hours. First of all, it was the turn of Nicholas Wood then. Wood’s strategy basis on trying to justify the good behavior of his client. He said he followed the guidelines of the Australian Tennis Federation’s panel of immunization experts at all times. As stated in the documents made public, the lawyer underlined that Djokovic received the medical exemption from Tennis Australia. The relative papers were in order at the time of his boarding the flight that took him from Dubai to Melbourne. And that, once there, he showed the evidence certifying the medical exemption received.
After a break of little more than an hour, it was time for Christopher Tran, the immigration department attorney. He based his offensive on reports from the Australian Technical Advisory Group of Immunization. He defended that vaccination no longer harms those infected with covid-19, as long as they have left the symptoms behind. The lawyers of Djokovic assured that the tennis player tested positive on December 16. However, on December 17, he published several images on his social networks. He visited in a public act receiving an award without a mask. The court released the testimony. According to that, Djokovic stated that he was a professional tennis player at Australian customs. The main reason for visiting Australia is to participate in the Australian Open in Melbourne. He is not vaccinated. He has passed the Covid twice. The first was in June 2020, and he has recently had it. He tested positive in a PCR test on December 16, 2021. However, after a lot of struggle and stress Novak Djokovic wins the visa rejection case in court and got permission to play there.