World number 1 Tennis Champion, Novak Djokovic has won court battle stopping him from participating in the Australian Open.
The victory came as an Australian court, on Monday, ruled that Djokovic has a valid entry visa that cannot be annulled.
In his ruling, Judge Anthony Kelly ordered that Djokovic’s visa cancellation should be retracted immediately and be released within 30 minutes of the judgment.
The counsel to Djokovic, Nicholas Wood, had argued that the he met all necessary requirements for quarantine-free travel, and that border officials failed to give valid notice of the government’s intention to revoke his visa.
Judge Kelly agreed that the Australian government had failed to give valid notice of the intention to cancel Djokovic’s visa because of the Covid-19 vaccination status. Though the government asked for an adjournment, when they came back, it was to withdraw their case.
Djokovic flew into Australia via Melbourne Airport on Thursday to begin preparation for his title defence and quest to become the first man to win 21 Grand Slam titles. But he was arrested and detained at the airport before being transferred to the Park Hotel.
Though there could be another twist in the saga as the government lawyer, Chris Tran, revealed that Australia’s immigration minister has ‘powers’ to cancel Djokovic’s visa. If the Australian government decides to go that route, Djokovic will be disallowed from entering the country for three years.
The first Grand Slam of the year is set to run from January 17 – 30.