Novak Djokovic appeal delayed with new timeframe set for Australian Open decision

'No special rules for Novak Djokovic' says Australian PM

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Novak Djokovic will stay in Australia overnight after his visa was cancelled when he landed in Melbourne for the Australian Open. The world No 1 had received a medical exemption to compete in the season-opening Grand Slam but a member of his team is said to have applied for the wrong type of visa, while govenrment officials said Djokovic had insufficient evidence to support his exemption. The Serb appealed the decision and court has now been adjourned until Monday, with his lawyers pushing for Djokovic to stay in the country until then.

Djokovic had his visa to enter Australia cancelled on Thursday after an overnight stand-off with the country’s Border Force.

The world No 1 announced on Tuesday that he would be flying to Melbourne after receiving “an exemption permission” to compete in the Australian Open unvaccinated, with Tennis Australia later confirming that Djokovic “applied for a medical exemption which was granted following a rigorous review process involving two separate independent panels of medical experts.”

But while the nine-time Aussie Open champion was mid-air on his way Down Under, Australia’s Border Force discovered that a member of Djokovic’s team had submitted the “wrong type” of visa.

When the Serb landed in Melbourne shortly before midnight on Wednesday local time, he was taken to a room with Border officials and questioned overnight before the decision was made to cancel his visa after he failed to provide sufficient evidence to support his medical exemption.

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