Vasek Pospisil on Novak Djokovic visa cancelation: Political agenda was at play here



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Vasek Pospisil on Novak Djokovic visa cancelation: Political agenda was at play here

Former world No. 25 Vasek Pospisil was clearly unhappy after Novak Djokovic was stripped of a chance to compete at the Australian Open. Djokovic refused to get vaccinated before the season started but he flew to Australia after he was granted a medical exemption for the tournament.

On Sunday, Djokovic lost his Australia visa appeal. Djokovic now won't be able to compete for a record 21st Grand Slam title. "Novak would never have gone to Australia if he had not been given an exemption to enter the country by the government (which he did receive; hence Judge Kelly’s initial ruling).

He would have skipped the Australian Open and been home with his family and no one would be talking about this mess. There was a political agenda at play here with the elections coming up which couldn’t be more obvious.

This is not his fault. He did not force his way into the country and did not 'make his own rules'; he was ready to stay home," Pospisil tweeted.

Djokovic accepted the news in a calm manner

"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."