Novak Djokovic has responded following the court’s decision to deport him from Australia after he lost his appeal and will now not play in the Australian Open
Novak Djokovic has released an emotional statement following Australia’s decision to deport him.
The verdict came through this morning which saw three judges reach a unanimous decision to have him leave the country.
Following the ruling, Djokovic released a statement admitting he was “extremely disappointed” with the verdict.
“I would like to make a brief statement to address the outcomes of today’s Court hearing,” he began.
“I will now be taking some time to rest and recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this.
“I am extremely disappointed with the Court ruling to dismiss my application for judicial review of the Minister’s decision to cancel my visa, which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open.
“I respect the Court’s ruling and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country.”
He continued: “I am uncomfortable that the focus of the past weeks has been on me and I hope that we can all now focus on the game and tournament I love.
“I would like to wish the players, tournament officials, staff, volunteers and fans all the best for the tournament.
“Finally, I would like to thank my family, friends, team, supporters, fans and my fellow Serbians for your continued support.
“You have all been a great source of strength to me.”
The judges responsible for sending Djokovic home at the court hearing have said they will state their reasons at a later date.
Immigration minister Alex Hawke, who ordered the Serbian’s visa be cancelled a second time, stated his decision was made on the bases of the world number one being a threat to public health and good order.
Djokovic’s views on the vaccine as well as failure to abide by covid rules after testing positive for the virus, are among other reasons for the visa cancellation.
The Australian Open is set to commence at midnight tonight (UK time).