Australia loses bid to delay tennis star Novak visa appeal

A bid by the Australian government to delay tennis star Novak Djokovic’s appeal against deportation has been rejected by a judge overseeing his case.

The government had requested the tennis star’s court hearing be postponed until Wednesday, but it will instead begin as scheduled on Monday morning.

Djokovic was denied entry to Australia after landing in Melbourne last week to defend his Australian Open title.

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His case has caused a huge outcry and made headlines around the world.

The world number one men’s tennis player – who has said he is opposed to vaccination – is in an immigration detention centre as his lawyers prepare to appeal against a decision by Australia’s federal government to cancel his visa.

Djokovic, 34, had been granted a medical exemption to play in the Australian Open tournament in a decision that infuriated many ordinary Australians who have been living under some of the world’s strictest Covid rules.

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