NOVAK Djokovic could face jail time over claims he lied on his travel forms as bombshell photos appear to show he traveled before leaving for Australia.
Aussie Border Force officials are investigating whether the tennis star falsely claimed he had not visited another country on his application to fly to Oz.
The anti-vaxxer put out his travel statement that he hadn’t been abroad in the 14 days before landing in Oz — but photos show him in two different countries within that time frame.
On its website, the Interior Ministry warns that giving “false or misleading information” to the government is “a serious crime” with possible jail time.
If convicted, the maximum penalty is 12 months in prison.
Tennis star Djokovic – who is based in Monte Carlo – was filmed on December 25 playing tennis on the streets of the Serbian capital Belgrade.
A photo shared on Twitter shows him beaming next to handball player Petar Djordjic in Belgrade the same day.
Days later, the 34-year-old was reportedly filmed training in Spain on December 31 and posed for a group photo the same day.
Djokovic was also caught playing football in Marbella, Spain, with his brother Marko and a coach on January 4.
Those dates fall within the 14-day period before the reigning Australian Open champion landed in Melbourne at the end of January 5, having flown from Spain via Dubai.
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But on his Australian travel statement — released yesterday by federal court — Djokovic ticked the box, claiming he had NOT traveled before his arrival.
Australian Border Force officials are now investigating whether Djokovic lied on his visa forms.
Applicants are warned on the form: “Note: Giving false or misleading information is a serious crime. You could also face a civil fine for providing false or misleading information.”
Djokovic told border officials that Tennis Australia had completed the statement on his behalf, but the agent who revoked his visa noted that the sports organization allegedly facilitated that based on information provided by the visa holder.
According to his affidavit, Djokovic departed Spain on January 4 and made a stopover in Dubai before landing in Melbourne on the night of January 5.
The times mean that Djokovic would have had to be in Spain from 11:30 PM on December 22 or 1:30 PM Spanish time in Spain in order to comply with the rules not to travel within two weeks of arriving in Australia.
But social media posts seem to show him in Serbia after this date.
The tennis star’s new deportation risk comes as a minister considers whether to revoke his visa after it was reinstated by a judge.
The unvaccinated Djokovic returned to training in Melbourne yesterday after being released from detention after winning his visa court trial.
He returned on Tuesday for closed practice, with doors locked and only his support team allowed into the Rod Laver Arena.
Aerial photos taken by Australian TV networks from a helicopter showed the nine-time Australian Open winner back to work less than a week before the first Grand Slam tournament of the year kicks off.
But despite a judge ruling that the decision to revoke his visa was “unreasonable”, the anti-vaxxer could still be deported from the country by the Australian government.
Ministerial powers could be used to revoke Djokovic’s visa and order his removal from the country, resulting in a three-year suspension.
Immigration Secretary Alex Hawke could use “personal discretion” to push through with another cancellation.
The Australian government has confirmed that Mr Hawke is still considering revoking Djokovic’s visa.
A spokesman said: “In accordance with a fair trial, Secretary of State Hawke will consider the matter thoroughly.
“As the matter is ongoing, it is inappropriate for legal reasons to comment further.”
While he still faces being kicked out of Oz, Djokovic has insisted he wants to stay and get involved.
The world number one tweeted on Monday: “I am happy and grateful that the judge has reversed my visa cancellation.
“Despite everything that has happened, I want to stay and try to compete against @AustralianOpen. I will stay focused on that. I flew here to play at one of the most important events we have for the amazing fans.
“For now all I can say is THANK YOU all for standing me through it all and encouraging me to stay strong”.
Djokovic shared his post along with a photo of him training at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena just hours after he was released from immigration detention.