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Djokovic Australian visa appeal hearing: times, how to watch online

The Federal Court of Australia is to hear Novak Djokovic's appeal against the Australian government's decision to cancel his visa for a second time.

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Djokovic Australian visa appeal hearing: times, how to watch online
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Novak Djokovic is to find out whether he can remain in Australia in a hearing at a Melbourne court on Sunday morning, after the tennis star appealed against a decision to cancel his visa for a second time.

Djokovic challenging "irrational" re-cancellation of visa

Australia’s immigration minister, Alex Hawke, on Friday used special powers to revoke Djokovic’s visa, citing public health concerns over the unvaccinated Serb’s presence in the country for the 2022 Australian Open, which begins on Monday.

Hawke’s decision came after a Melbourne judge had on Monday quashed the Australian government’s initial cancellation of the 34-year-old’s visa.

The row over Djokovic's right to remain in the country stems from the Australian border authorities' refusal to accept his claim to an exemption from rules requiring all players and staff at the Australian Open to be vaccinated.

Djokovic's lawyers have described the re-cancellation of the men's world number one's visa as "patently irrational".

What time does Djokovic's appeal hearing start?

Djokovic’s appeal hearing at the Federal Court of Australia, which is to be presided over by Chief Justice James Allsop, Justice Anthony Besanko and Justice David O’Callaghan, is scheduled to begin at 9:30am local time (AEDT) on Sunday 16 January 2022.

In the United States, that’s 5:30pm ET and 2:30pm PT on Saturday 15 January 2022.

Find out what time the hearing begins wherever you are in the world.

How can I watch Djokovic's appeal hearing?

You will be able to watch a live stream of the hearing on the Federal Court of Australia’s YouTube channel.

Follow the hearing with AS USA

You will also be able to follow the latest from Melbourne by reading AS USA's live blog on the Djokovic visa row.