An Australian court has upheld a decision to cancel top tennis star Novak Djokovic's visa for a second time

Chief Justice James Allsop announces the court's decision on Sunday.
Chief Justice James Allsop announces the court’s decision on Sunday. (Federal Court of Australia)

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic has lost his appeal against the Australian government’s decision to cancel his visa for a second time.

The 20-time grand slam champion had been scheduled to play against fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic on Monday.

But while Sunday’s decision is a setback, it isn’t the end of the road yet, according to experts.

Legal options: Djokovic can still seek leave to appeal to Australia’s top court, although time is running out for him to do so before the tournament begins, according to Abul Rizvi, a former deputy secretary with the immigration department.

“He may appeal for symbolic reasons but little else,” said Rizvi, who added Djokovic would remain in detention until he departs.

Another visa: There’s also the possibility Djokovic could get a bridging visa, which could allow him to play in the tournament while making arrangements to leave Australia, according to Maria Jockel, an immigration law specialist at BDO Australia.

But there’s a hitch — the visa can only be granted by the immigration minister, the same person who canceled his visa Friday. The court could ask that Djokovic is granted a bridging visa while the case is appealed further, but ultimately the decision lies with the immigration minister.