The judge hearing Novak Djokovic’s challenge to an order by the Australian government revoking his entry visa has dramatically overturned the decision.
Judge Anthony Kelly ordered the release of the tennis star from detention, and told the government to pay his costs.
The 34-year-old Serbian player flew into Melbourne last week, hoping to defend his Australian Open title.
The government acknowledged in court that Djokovic was not given enough time to respond following the notification to cancel his visa.
The Judge said Djokovic could have had more time to make a submission about why his visa should not be withdrawn if authorities had stuck to the original time.
“We all play by the same rules,” Judge Kelly said. “Stated in other terms: those rules were not observed.”