Novak Djokovic is “deeply disappointed” by the decision of the Australian Justice to ratify the cancellation of his visa and his deportation. The Serbian tennis player said he “respects” the decision and expressed his desire that the focus of attention be “on sport” again.
The three judges of the Federal Court in charge of studying the appeal presented by Djokovic unanimously rejected annulling the cancellation of the visa. Which leaves him unable to defend his Australian Open crown and unable to attempt his 21st Grand Slam.
His deportation seems imminent, to the astonishment of his followers.
“Very sad. Novak doesn’t deserve this. Novak came here to play tennis, I can’t understand what kind of threat he poses to this country,” said one of his supporters outside the Federal Court in Melbourne.
Rage and helplessness in Melbourne and Belgrade
Reactions of rage and impotence in Melbourne and also in Belgrade, where the Serbian president, Aleksandar Vucic, has said that Djokovic is the victim of a “witch hunt”:
“The worst thing is that it was a witch hunt organized against Novak Djokovic, a guy, let’s not forget, who has won the Australian Open title nine times and that was totally unnecessary.
His refusal to be vaccinated against COVID-19, thus violating the entry laws in Australia, have left the world number one in tennis without the possibility of lifting the cup this year.