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Djokovic's lawyers launch appeal after visa cancellation


Novak Djokovic will be detained by Border Force officials from 10am (AEDST) on Saturday after a late-night court hearing on Friday.

He’ll be interviewed by government officials from 8am on Saturday and will be back in court at 10.15am to determine the issues of the case, before it continues on Sunday.

The proceeding will be streamed via YouTube for members of the public to watch.

There is a layer of urgency to the case given Djokovic is scheduled to play in the Australian Open on Monday, the first day of the tournament.

Djokovic’s lawyers stated they need to have the saga sorted in court by Sunday, allowing the 20-time Grand Slam champion to play if he is successful.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke announced on Friday evening he had exercised his ‘personal power’ to cancel Djokovic’s visa despite the Serbian’s court win earlier this week.

The case is further complicated by the revelation Djokovic holds a diplomatic passport, which is believed to have been given to him after he was a part of the Serbian Davis Cup-winning team.

Lawyers for Djokovic were in court until past 11pm on Friday, with over 50,000 members of the public streaming the case at times.

The case will now head to the Federal Court, where Justice David O’Callaghan will preside over the hearing.

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