Renowned tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou thinks the Australian Open is the big loser in the whole Novak Djokovic mess. After being granted a medical exemption for the Australian Open, Djokovic landed in Australia on January 5.
Upon his arrival, Djokovic had his visa canceled and was placed in detention. Djokovic appealed the decision and on Monday had his reinstated after winning his appeal in court. On Friday, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke exercised his power to cancel the visa of Djokovic for a second time.
Djokovic appealed the decision and on Sunday lost his Australia visa appeal in the federal court. Djokovic, a record nine-time Australian Open champion, won't be chasing a record 21st Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park this year.
"The big loser of this mess is the tournament. The only good news is that we will hopefully start talking about tennis," Mouratoglou tweeted.
The big loser of this mess is the tournament.
The only good news is that we will hopefully start talking about tennis.
— Patrick Mouratoglou (@pmouratoglou) January 16, 2022
Djokovic released a statement
"I would like to make a brief statement to address the outcome's of today's Court hearing, I will now be taking some time to rest and recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this," Djokovic said in a statement.
"I'm extremely disappointed with the Court ruling to discuss 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'm 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 for me."