Questions arise as to whether Novak Djokovic lied on an official Australian border entry form showing where he had been in the two weeks before his flight to Australia.
- Novak Djokovic said he had not traveled for 14 days before arriving in Australia from Spain on January 5.
- Photos and videos show him in Serbia at the end of December
- Immigration Minister Alex Hawke still considering cancellation of Djokovic’s visa
Anyone traveling to Australia from overseas must complete a health survey as part of their application to enter the country.
On this form, it is asked if the person has traveled or intends to travel in the 14 days prior to arrival in Australia.
In documents published in connection with the Djokovic Federal Circuit Court case, he said on his statement that he had not traveled in the past fortnight.
But a number of social media posts and press articles from the end of December show that this may not have been the case.
To comply with border entry rules, Djokovic would have had to be in Spain, from where he left (via Dubai) to Australia, for two weeks starting at the end of December 22.
He left Spain on January 4 and arrived in Australia late on Wednesday January 5.
However, in videos and photos on social media, Djokovic appears to have been in Belgrade, Serbia around Christmas time, where he was filmed playing tennis in the streets.
Lawyers for Djokovic and the Australian Border Force have been contacted for comment.
The fate of the tennis star remains at stake as Immigration Minister Alex Hawke continues to consider using his ministerial powers to revoke the visa of the world’s number one tennis player.
If that happens, it could mean Djokovic is banned from entering Australia for three years, although blackout periods are carried out on a case-by-case basis.
“As reported yesterday in the Federal Circuit and Family Court, Minister Hawke is considering revoking Mr. Djokovic’s visa under section 133C (3) of the Migration Act,” a spokesperson for Mr. Hawke.
“In accordance with due process, Minister Hawke will give this matter careful consideration.
“As the issue is ongoing, for legal reasons it is inappropriate to comment further.”
After a request from Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić to speak to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the two leaders had a phone call earlier today.
Mr Morrison’s office said it was a “constructive conversation”, while Serbian media RTS reported that Ms Brnabić called for Djokovic to be “treated fairly” and stressed the importance of him. give the time and conditions to train for the Australian Open.
Djokovic maintains he intends to defend his title at the Australian Open, which begins on Monday.
He trained at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday after being released from immigration detention on Monday afternoon.