At a preliminary hearing by Judge David O’Callaghan of the Federal Court of Australia, which began at 10:15 a.m. local time (2315 GMT Saturday), the transfer of the case was upheld, although there are still to determine whether the appeal presented by the tennis player’s lawyers will be dealt with by the plenary of magistrates.
The 34-year-old Serbian tennis player met Melbourne immigration officials in the morning, who were going to formally arrest him.
According to a court ruling issued Friday evening following an emergency hearing, Djokovic is allowed to meet with his lawyers between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. this Saturday (23:00 GMT Friday to 03:00 GMT Saturday) under the supervision of two immigration officers.
After that, Djokovic is to be detained until hearings tomorrow, although the player cannot be expelled from the country until Minister Hawke’s decision is reviewed.
The process should be completed before the start of the Australian Open, which takes place between January 17 and 30 in the city of Melbourne and in which Djokovic hopes to obtain his tenth title and become the most successful tennis player in history with 21 Grand Prix.
On Friday, after several days of studying the case, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke decided to cancel Djokovic’s visa again with the intention of deporting him from the country, which could also mean an entry ban. three years in Australia.