Novak Djokovic’s Australian visa revoked

Novak Djokovic trained in Melbourne Park on Friday before his visa was revoked for a second time. (Daniel Pocket / Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic’s Australia visa revoked for second time today – questioning his participation in the Australian Open again and provoking another legal battle.

According to legal experts, here’s what this means and what’s next.

Can Djokovic appeal again? Yes – the tennis star can seek a temporary restraining order from a judge, said Justin Quill, a partner in an Australian law firm in Melbourne. In that extra time, he can stay in the country and appeal against the decision.

But “you can not appeal because you want to appeal,” Quill added – Djokovic must show the judge reasonable grounds to oppose the decision.

Can Djokovic play in matches during legal proceedings? It is not yet clear – the Australian Open starts on Monday, with Djokovic drawn in the first round match against fellow Serbian Miomir Kekmanovic, which now looks questionable.

What are the chances for Djokovic? Maria Jockel, BDO Australia’s immigration legal expert, said CNN Djokovic’s lawyers now have 28 days to represent the immigration minister, after which he can choose to get his visa back.

At that point, Djokovic could be remanded in custody until the Minister grants him permission Bridging VisaJoel said he could be allowed to play in the Open while waiting for the result or making arrangements to leave Australia.

Djokovic’s lawyers could also go to court – but they will face a tough legal battle, especially since he admitted that false information was included in his travel notice earlier this week, Jokel said.

The announcement said he had not traveled 14 days before arriving in Melbourne – but photos taken during that period appear to show him in both Spain and Serbia.

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In a statement on Wednesday, Djokovic said it was “human error”.

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