Former world No. 4 Nicolas Kiefer didn't appear to feel sorry for world No. 1 Novak Djokovic after the Serb had his visa cancelled by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke. On Friday, Immigration Minister Hawke exercised his power to revoke the visa of Djokovic.
"Rules are rules," Kiefer briefly stated.
On the other side, former Serbian tennis player Viktor Troicki wasn't happy at all. Troicki said the Djokovic visa cancellation was absolutely a poltiical move.
RULES. ARE. RULES. — Nicolas Kiefer (@Nicolas_Kiefer) January 14, 2022
“There has already been for 10 days a lot of speculation and a lot of different decisions being made by the Australian government and Australian law," Troicki told CNN. "It's a lot of confusion. I think it's more than obvious that it's a political thing and has nothing to do with sport which is really sad.
"It's really shocking, it's bad for sport, it's bad for tennis and I guess it's bad also for Australia."
Hawke made his call on Djokovic
Djokovic won his appeal in court but he and those close to him feared Hawke would exercise his power and cancel his visa.
“Today I exercised my power under section 133C(3) of the Migration Act to cancel the visa held by Mr Novak Djokovic on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so," Hawke said in a statement on Friday.
"This decision followed orders by the Federal Circuit and Family Court on 10 January 2022, quashing a prior cancellation decision on procedural fairness grounds. "In making this decision, I carefully considered information provided to me by the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border For.
and Mr Djokovic. "The Morrison Government is firmly committed to protecting Australia's borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. "I thank the officers of the Department of Horne Affairs and the Australian Border Force who work every day to serve Australia's interests in increasingly challenging operational environments."