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Djokovic case referred to Australian Federal Court

By AFP
14 January 2022   |   12:53 pm
Tennis star Novak Djokovic's last-gasp bid to avoid deportation and play in next week's Australian Open suffered a potential setback

(FILES) This file photo taken on February 16, 2021 shows Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacting as he plays against Germany’s Alexander Zverev during their men’s singles quarter-final match on day nine of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. – Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic’s legal battle to stay in Australia and chase a record 21st Grand Slam opened on January 10, 2022, but public online access was delayed by a technical glitch, a court spokesman said. (Photo by Paul CROCK / AFP) / — IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE —

Tennis star Novak Djokovic’s last-gasp bid to avoid deportation and play in next week’s Australian Open suffered a potential setback Friday, when his case was transferred to the Federal Court.

Judge Anthony Kelly said a new court and new judge would have to hear the challenge to Djokovic’s visa being cancelled for a second time, despite warnings from the star’s lawyers that the move could slow proceedings.