Australian government’s bid to delay Novak Djokovic’s court hearing rejected by judge

The Australian government’s bid to delay Novak Djokovic’s visa court hearing for two days has been rejected. 

Djokovic has a court hearing scheduled for Monday and the Scott Morrison government tried to delay the hearing for Wednesday. 

Judge Anthony Kelly rejected the bid and world No. 1 Djokovic is set to have his court hearing as originally scheduled on Monday. 

Djokovic was detained at the Melbourne Airport for nine hours before the Australian Border Force cancelled his visa. 

Djokovic is hoping the court will restore him his visa on Monday.

Djokovic to leave if the court decides that way

“If the court decides that he has to leave, he will leave [Australia]. If the court decides that he stays, he will stay. But it won’t be politicans who decide about that;” Djokovic’s father, Srdjan, said during a rally in Serbia. 

Srdjan said Djokovic was not placed in detention, but in prison. 

“Novak and his team filed the same type of documents as those 25 other tennis players and they didn’t have any problems, just Novak. They wanted to humiliate him,” Srdjan said, per Sky Sports. 

“He’s not in detention, he’s in prison. They took all of his stuff, even his wallet. They left him with just a phone and no change of clothes, nowhere to wash his face. He’s in prison, our pride is a prisoner of these idiots.”

Srdjan called out the Australian authorities and specifically mentioned Australian Prime Minister Morrison. 

“The leader of that faraway land, Scott Morrison… Dared to attack Novak and expel him before he had reached their country. They had wanted to throw him to his knees, and not just him, but our beautiful Serbia,” Srdjan said. 

“It’s a shameful decision. Deportation. All of us need to go out and welcome him [when he comes back]. I can’t talk to my son; they present him as a criminal. I’m lost for words for all what they have done to him.”