Djokovic case referred to Australian Federal Court, says judge

Novak Djokovic of Serbia attends a practice session ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, January 14, 2022. — AFP pic
Novak Djokovic of Serbia attends a practice session ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, January 14, 2022. — AFP pic

MELBOURNE, Jan 14 — Tennis star Novak Djokovic’s last-gasp bid to avoid deportation and play in next week’s Australian Open suffered a potential setback today, 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. — AFP