Djokovic was disappointed when he lost the lawsuit

17 Jan 2022 | 06:45 | Tennis

The world number one tennis player spoke out after the Australian Federal Court upheld the decision to cancel his visa.

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

On the afternoon of January 16, Chief Justice James Allsop upheld the decision to cancel the visa of Immigration Minister Alex Hawke. This decision cannot be appealed because there are 3 judges. Djokovic lost the case, so he had to pay the full cost of the trial.

Djokovic faces a three-year ban from entering Australia. Photo: Reuters.

Djokovic faces a three-year ban from entering Australia. Photo: Reuters.

“I respect the decision of the court and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities regarding my departure from Australia. I am not very comfortable with the focus of the past weeks on me. Now, I hope I hope everyone can focus on the tournament. I wish the Australian Open players, staff, staff, volunteers and fans a great success,” said Djokovic.

Australian media said it is likely that Djokovic will be expelled tonight. He failed to defend his title at the Australian Open, which starts on January 17.

Earlier, the Australian Open organizers announced the opening date schedule. Djokovic played his second singles match on the center court of Rod Laver Arena in the evening, meeting compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic.

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.

The world number one tennis player said he will take time to rest and recuperate before giving any other shares. He also thanked his family, friends, colleagues, who have supported him for nearly two weeks.