Novak Djokovic won the lawsuit against the Australian government’s decision to cancel his visa upon arriving in the country last week. Djokovic had traveled to Australia to compete in the Australian Open after obtaining a medical waiver because he refused to reveal details of his COVID-19 vaccination. However, her visa was revoked due to Australia’s strict guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
Djokovic was sent to detention where he spent a few days before being released on Monday January 10 after winning the trial in Melbourne. While his legal victory is a huge boost for Djokovic as he aims to defend his Australian Open title, the tennis superstar has landed in a new ‘lie’ controversy in his declaration form of travel.
In the Australian Open registration form, Djokovic was asked if he had traveled anywhere in the 14 days prior to his arrival in Australia. The tennis star marked the “No” section on the form, however, images have surfaced on social media suggesting otherwise.
Djokovic was spotted playing tennis in Serbia over the Christmas season before being spotted in Marbella, Spain on January 2. According to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian government officials are reviewing false claims made in Djokovic’s travel declaration form to Australia.
The travel declaration form makes it clear that anyone providing misleading information will be subject to civil sanction in Australia. “Note: Giving false or misleading information is a serious offense. You may also be liable to a civil penalty for providing false or misleading information “- reads a section on the form.
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According to reports, Djokovic had traveled to Marbella, Spain to prepare for the upcoming 2022 Australian Open. The Soto Tennis Academy even posted a video of Djokovic’s preparations in Spain. If found guilty of providing misleading information, Djokovic’s chances of playing at the Australian Open may be wiped out.
He appeared in court on Tuesday after being released from custody to begin training for the Australian Open. However, the Australian government is reportedly considering revoking his visa. Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke can use his personal powers to cancel Djokovic’s visa again.