Novak Djokovic breaks his silence to say he is ‘EXTREMELY disappointed’ to have his visa declined AGAIN… with nine-time Australian Open champion left ‘uncomfortable that the focus of the past few weeks has been on me’
Novak Djokovic has broken his silence following his impending deportation from Australia, admitting that he is ‘extremely disappointed’ with the Australian Government’s decision.
After a whirlwind 12 days in which the World No 1 has been put under the spotlight due to his vaccination status, Australia has declined the Serb’s visa, meaning he will not compete at the Australian Open.
Djokovic made a last-ditch attempt to overturn the decision in court, but he failed to convince three senior judges to let him stay, meaning he will likely be put on the first plane back to Dubai, after arriving Down Under on an Emirates flight nearly two weeks ago.
Djokovic said: ‘I would like to make a brief statement to address the outcomes of today’s Court hearing. 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.
‘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.’
More to follow.