Novak Djokovic has reportedly ditched two lawyers as he prepares to take his fight to stay in Australia through the courts. The world No 1’s case is set to be put in front of a judge at 11pm tonight (10am in Melbourne) where his fate will be decided.
Djokovic travelled to Australia under the impression that he had a medical exemption to enter the country without being vaccinated against Covid.
However, the 20-time Grand Slam winner got a huge shock when he was detained by border force officials for not having the correct visa.
The 34-year-old is being held in a detention hotel which has been described as “inhumane” and “bug-infested” by his mother.
Djokovic is desperate to get out and compete at the Australian Open, which gets underway on January 17.
It could have been that Djokovic was “chucked on the next plane out”, as warned by Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
But the Serbian’s two lawyers, Natalie Bannister and Penelope Ford of Hall & Willcox, filed for an injunction.
Although the papers got approved and Djokovic was allowed to remain in the country until Monday, there was a glaring error submitted.
Court documents show that under the section ‘Filed on behalf of’ there was a spelling error, with ‘Novak Djokavic’ appearing on the form.
The head of the paper reads ‘Novak Djokovic applicant’ and the mistake comes further down on the first page.
Two days later lawyers Bannister and Ford were axed without a reason given, according to Aargauer Zeitung.
Djokovic has gone on to hire an army of four lawyers; Paul Holdenson, Nikola Dragojlovic, Nick Wood and Jim Hartley, all from Svensson Barristers.
If the nine-time Australian Open champion is not granted entry Down Under then Rafael Nadal will be the favourite to win the opening Major of the season.
And the Spaniard issued a damning response when quizzed on the situation.