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FULL TEXT: Tennis Star Novak Djokovic's Statement After Losing Visa Appeal

FULL TEXT: Tennis Star Novak Djokovic's Statement After Losing Visa Appeal

Tennis star Novak Djokovic has lost his last-ditch bid to stay in Australia after judges rejected his appeal.

A three-judge panel on Sunday cancelled the unvaccinated 34-year-old’s visa, ending his hopes of defending his Australian Open title and winning a record 21st Grand Slam.

The Serb said he is “extremely disappointed” with the judges’ decision to uphold the cancellation of his visa, but will co-operate with officials on his departure from Australia. Here’s Djokovic’s statement in full:

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 to 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: BBC News


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WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 4 months ago

I AM EXTREMELY SORRY FOR NOVAK DJOKOVIC, BUT HE HAS LEARNED THE HARD WAY THAT EVERY COUNTRY HAS LAWS WHICH SHOULD BE FOLLOWED.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC KNEW EXACTLY THAT THERE WAS THIS LAW WHICH FORBID ENTRY INTO AUSTRALIA BY UNVACCINATED PERSONS. HE GOT NOTHING FROM HIS STUBBORNNESS. AUSTRALIA HAS SHOWN THE WORLD THAT IT HAS THE RULE OF LAW IN PRACTICE.

THEY HAVE A LAW WHICH HELPS THEM KEEP AWAY UNVACCINATED PERSONS OUT OF AUSTRALIA TO KEEP SAFE AUSTRALIANS.

BEFORE COMING TO AUSTRALIA NOVAK DJOKOVIC HAD AT ONE TIME REMARKED THAT HE WILL NOT GET VACCINATED AS SAW NO PURPOSE OF BEING VACCINATED.

HE MAY BE BARRED FROM GETTING BACK TO AUSTRALIA IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC HAS LEARNED IN THE HARD WAY. HE HAS MADE A SHORT DRAMA FOR HIS GRANDCHILDREN.

YOURS SINCERELY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
{ THE BUSH LAWYER }


MaFyt ka_Tkt 4 months ago

Only a few my friend might succeede the same way you did, all the best



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