Djokovic case referred to Australian Federal Court: judge

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Novak Djokovic trains at Rod Laver Arena. (Photo by Recep Sakar/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic trains at Rod Laver Arena. (Photo by Recep Sakar/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Tennis star Novak Djokovic's last-gasp bid to avoid deportation and play in next week's Australian Open suffered a potential setback on Friday, when his case was transferred to the Federal Court.

Judge Anthony Kelly said a new court and new judge would have to hear the challenge to Djokovic's visa being cancelled for a second time, despite warnings from the star's lawyers that the move could slow proceedings.

READ | Novak Djokovic's Australia controversy timeline

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