May 16, 2022 8:04 pm

Novak Djokovic’s first reaction after hearing the verdict that expelled him from Australia

Regardless of the discussion about the fairness of the measure, in the end Novak Djokovic was given the same treatment as all tennis players who arrived in Australia without getting vaccinated: he was deported.

world number 1 he did not hide his disappointment in a press release, while explaining that he was always willing to cooperate with the authorities. Even with his departure from the country and affirmed that he respects the decision of the Federal Court.

The interminable Djokovic case concluded with the sentence of three judges who, unanimously and after a strong campaign by the Australian government, ruled as Prime Minister Scott Morrison intended. The final position had several arguments: that he is not vaccinated, that because he is not vaccinated, he represents a “health risk” and that, due to his decision not to do so, to approve his admission would generate an “anti-vaccine” sentiment in the country that would increase the health risk.

The Serbian will not be able to play the first Grand Slam of the year and the search for his 21st title is delayed, to beat Rafael Nadal and Roger FedererPAUL CROCK – AFP

For this reason, Djokovic will have to return to Serbia and will not be able to play the first Grand Slam of the year, which is why his quest to reach the 21st major is delayed, to overcome the Swiss Roger Federer and the Spanish Rafael Nadal in the triple tie. .

In a statement, Djokovic did not hide his immense disappointment. “I would like to make a brief statement on the results of today’s hearing. I will now take some time to rest and recover, before making any further comments beyond this. I am extremely disappointed with the Court’s decision to deny my application which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Open. I respect the decision of the Court and will cooperate with the competent authorities regarding my departure from the country”, he commented.

The final hearing: the judges who decided to cancel Djokovic's visa
The final hearing: the judges who decided to cancel Djokovic’s visaYouTube

Djokovic’s words allow us to understand that finally lowered his arms in this legal battle. This means that his legal team will not seek a new appeal instance after the decision of the Federal Court.

“It makes me uncomfortable that the focus for the past few weeks has been on me and I hope that now we can all focus on the game and the tournament that I love,” he added. He concluded: “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 fellow Serbs for their continued support. You all have been a great strength to me.”

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