ATP: ‘It’s very regrettable that Djokovic has his visa canceled’

26 May 2022 | 06:48 | Tennis

The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) recommends that players get vaccinated and learn from the case of Novak Djokovic.

“The decision to cancel Novak Djokovic’s visa marks the end of a series of extremely regrettable events. Ultimately, the decisions of legal authorities on public health issues must be respected,” the ATP said.

“Regardless, Novak is one of the sport’s greatest champions, and his absence from the Australian Open is a loss for the tournament. We know how turbulent the past few days have been. anything for Novak, and how he wants to defend his title in Melbourne. We wish Novak well and look forward to seeing him soon,” the ATP wrote.

Djokovic is on his way to leave Australia. Photo: Reuters.

Djokovic is on his way to leave Australia. Photo: Reuters.

Reuters reported that Novak Djokovic was at the airport, just hours after the decision of the Federal Court of Australia upheld the decision to cancel the visa of Immigration Minister Alex Hawke. Djokovic will have a flight to Dubai (UAE).

During the hearing on January 16, Chief Justice James Allsop represented the trial panel to decide Djokovic lost the lawsuit, after nearly 6 hours of meeting and discussion. This means that the world number one tennis player will be deported from Australia, unable to compete at the Australian Open and could receive a three-year ban from entering Australia.

Soon after, Djokovic spoke up and expressed disappointment with the court’s decision. However, the world number one tennis player said he respects the decision and will cooperate with the authorities to leave Australia.

“I am disappointed with the court’s decision to reject my application for reconsideration with the decision to cancel my visa from the Minister, which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open,” ABC News quoted ABC News as saying. Novak Djokovic.

The fact that Djokovic lost the lawsuit made him unable to attend the Australian Open. In the latest adjusted schedule from the organizers, tennis player Salvatore Caruso, ranked 150 in the world, will receive a lucky place, taking the position of Djokovic’s bracket and meeting Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round.