Judge rejects adjournment motion

Judge rejects adjournment motion

IA day before an expected court decision on the possible deportation of tennis star Novak Djokovic, the judge dealing with the case rejected a government motion for an adjournment. Judge Anthony Kelly said on Sunday that the trial would continue as planned at 10:00 a.m. local time (00:00 CET) on Monday.

In front of the athlete’s exile hotel, some protesters regrouped to protest the detention of people at the facility. The government wanted to adjourn the hearing till Wednesday. The judge refused.

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World number one Djokovic, who has not made his vaccination status public and has repeatedly expressed himself critical of the coronavirus vaccination, landed in Melbourne on Wednesday evening after he said he would be denied entry by the organizers of the Australian Open. Medical exemption from However, the Australian border guards did not accept this.


Protests in Melbourne: Djokovic fans express their displeasure.
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Since then, the 34-year-old has been trapped in an exile hotel in Melbourne. His lawyers are battling for his participation in the Australian Open, which begins on January 17.

According to Australian officials, Djokovic’s visa to the country has been revoked due to the lack of a vaccination certificate. Now a court is dealing with possible deportation. Djokovic’s lawyers want the cancellation to be withdrawn.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tilly, despite Djokovic currently being denied entry, is still hoping for the Serbian to start at the first Grand Slam tournament of the year. Tilly said on the Nine network on Sunday that he would like to see the world number one tennis player “love to play at the Australian Open”.

When asked about the entry permits allegedly issued, Tilly cited differing information from the authorities. “There was a lot of conflicting information, a lot of conflicting information and we are looking for clarity from day one to make sure, firstly, we are doing the right thing and secondly, we can bring players into the country, ” What was said. Head of the Australian Tennis Association. “We’re not going to blame anyone. There’s a lot of conflicting information because the situation is changing.”

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