Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic is combating towards the Australian authorities’s choice to cancel his visa.
Earlier than the Federal Courtroom broke for lunch, legal professionals for either side got the chance to state their arguments as to why Djokovic’s visa ought to — and mustn’t — be canceled.
For those who’re simply catching up, this is what’s taking place.
Why are Djokovic’s legal professionals in courtroom? The highest-ranked males’s tennis participant is attempting to overturn a choice Friday to cancel his visa. He needs to compete within the Australian Open, which kicks off Monday — and hopefully win a record-breaking 21st grand slam title.
What are his legal professionals arguing? Djokovic’s lawyer Nick Wooden laid out three grounds why Immigration Minister Alex Hawke had made a jurisdictional error.
Wooden targeted on the primary floor, arguing that the minister failed to contemplate the implications of canceling Djokovic’s visa. He mentioned it was attainable that ejecting Djokovic will serve to provoke anti-vaxxers towards the federal government — precisely what the federal government says it is attempting to keep away from.
The opposite two grounds are that it was not open to the minister to be glad the presence of Djokovic “is or could also be” a related threat, and that the choice to bar him on his “stance on vaccination” was unreasonable or irrational.
What in regards to the authorities? However Stephen Lloyd, appearing for Hawke, mentioned Djokovic’s visa cancelation wasn’t solely about his potential to ignite protests amongst anti-vaxxers.
He mentioned Djokovic had proven little regard for Covid-19 restrictions by ignoring a constructive Covid-19 check and failing to put on a masks throughout a photoshoot. Lloyd mentioned that might threaten public well being by encouraging others to disregard well being instructions.
The place is Djokovic? Early Sunday morning, Djokovic was pushed from the Park Lodge in Melbourne, the place he’s being held in immigration detention, to his legal professionals’ workplace to observe the proceedings.
For a short while, two Djokovic followers stood outdoors the workplace constructing, displaying their assist for the star and watching the listening to on a cell phone.
What occurs subsequent? A choice is anticipated to be made as we speak about whether or not the world’s No. 1 tennis play will contest the Australian Open — or if the visa cancelation stands and he wants to depart the nation.