Australian government fails in bid to delay Novak Djokovic court hearing by two days

World No 1 challenging visa cancellation but legal experts split on whether court process can be resolved in time for Australian Open draw

Djokovic pictured maskless at public event one day after positive Covid test

A bid by the Morrison government to delay Novak Djokovic’s visa hearing by two days has been rejected by the federal circuit court.

In an order, published on Sunday, judge Anthony Kelly rejected the move which would have delayed the hearing until Wednesday – after Tennis Australia’s stated deadline to include the world number one in the Australian Open draw.

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