MARTIN SAMUEL: Whether Novak Djokovic wins his appeal or not, he is a loser.
In the end, it’s a shambles.
Even after nearly a week, I’m still not over it.
We’re getting a little closer to finding out if Novak Djokovic will be in the draw on Monday.
We’re getting closer to finding out whether he’ll be detained, deported, or have to defend his title.
It’s a preventable and uninspiring shambles.
He was not welcome in Melbourne, and Australia should have made that clear long ago.
Instead, the hosts granted him a visa, which he quickly regretted.
We’ve come full circle.
Returning to Melbourne’s Federal Circuit and Family Court, in front of Justice O’Callaghan, in blacked-out vans, with more legal arguments to come.
In the Australian Open, however, this was not the case.
Not yet, at least.
For the time being, Djokovic’s visa has been revoked, and Immigration Minister Alex Hawke hopes to have succeeded where many others have failed in expelling Djokovic from the year’s first Grand Slam.
An interview was set for 8 a.m. Saturday in Melbourne, with more court proceedings set for 9 a.m. Sunday.
Djokovic will not go down without a fight, as he has done in the past.
Even his well-funded legal team, led by Nick Wood SC, cannot guarantee victory this time.
The amount of time Hawke spent reaching the decision to revoke Djokovic’s visa suggests a man who ensures the dotting and crossing of every I and T, not to mention the even greater care taken over each F and O.
But, even if Djokovic is doomed in his fight against unyielding state power, don’t forget who got us here in the first place.
Djokovic wanted to play in Australia, but he refused to play by their rules.
He was a truth seeker who didn’t appear to be completely devoted to the truth.
And he was on a quest for justice and the greater good of society, all the while reserving the right to act as he pleased.
So, while it hasn’t been a great week for governance, from the borders to the ministry, it has been even worse for the world’s best tennis player and self-proclaimed champion of the unvaccinated masses, Rafael Nadal.
As much of Djokovic’s case for entry crumbled, what he hoped would be seen as a principled stand disintegrated.
On analysis, he made public appearances when he should have been quarantined, his application stated that he had not traveled when he had, and even his positive test contained perplexing anomalies.
Sometimes the QR code reads negative, and other times it reads positive.
There appeared to be some confusion about dates….
Nokia News – Quick Recap
Novak Djokovic had his Australian visa revoked for a second time on FridayThe Serbian faces an anxious wait to discover his Australian Open fate next weekShould the World No 1 be allowed to play, there will be outrage in MelbourneDjokovic will be lost reputationally no matter if he wins or loses his visa appeal