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Judge dismisses Australian government’s request to delay Djokovic’s appeal

The Serbian’s judicial appeal Novak Djokovic will take place this Monday, after the lawyers of the Australian Department of the Interior missed an attempt to delay the day of the appeal hearing.

Internal Affairs attorneys asked the Federal Circuit Court to move the case from Monday to Wednesday, but the judge Anthony Kelly dismissed the request. Delaying the appeal until Wednesday would have meant exceeding the deadline set by the Australian Tennis Federation (Tennis Australia) for inclusion in the next Australian Open, which will start on January 17.

The world’s number one legal team is fighting for his release in order to prepare for and participate in the oceanic ‘Grand Slam’ in Melbourne.

Australian Border Force officials canceled his visa application on Thursday, stating that Djokovic “did not provide adequate evidence to meet the entry requirements for Australia. “The Australian Open organizers had awarded Djokovic, who not vaccinated against the coronavirus, a medical exemption, but its fate is now at stake.

According to their lawyers, Djokovic tested positive for COVID-19 on December 16 and was then given the green light to travel to Melbourne. Upon arrival in the country, he was held in an immigration center pending resolution of his case.

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