Australian Open: the astonishing survey on which Djokovic's lawyers rely

Novak Djokovic’s lawyers used a poll conducted in a newspaper, without serious methodology, to strengthen their case presented to the Australian courts in the context of the appeal of the second cancellation of the visa.

They cast a wide net. To strengthen their appeal against the second visa cancellation pronounced by the Australian authorities, the lawyers of Novak Djokovic have added the results of a survey to their file. The question was, “Should Novak Djokovic be allowed to stay at and play the Australian Open?” 37% of respondents answered “yes”, 37% said “no”, 3% expressed an “uncertain” opinion.

Only, the value of this consultation is at least debatable: this survey does not come from a polling institute with a scientific methodology, but is only a question posed to the readers of the newspaper The Age.

To contradict the Minister of Immigration

Based on this file, the representatives of the world’s No. 1 men’s tennis player have undoubtedly sought to contradict “the public interest ” invoked by the Minister of Immigration to justify the new visa cancellation. “Today I exercised my power under 133C(3) of the Migration Act to rescind the visa held by Mr. Novak Djokovic for reasons of health and good order, on the grounds that it was in the public interest to do so”, declared Alex Hawke, determined not to allow the Serbian champion to compete in the ‘Australian Open without being vaccinated against Covid-19.