Tennis Australia 'respects' court's decision to reject Novak Djokovic's visa appeal



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Tennis Australia 'respects' court's decision to reject Novak Djokovic's visa appeal

Tennis Australia said it respects the decision of the federal court to uphold Immigration Minister Alex Hawk'e decision to cancel the visa of Novak Djokovic. On Friday, Immigration Minister Hawke exercised his power to revoke the visa of Djokovic.

On Sunday, Djokovic lost his Australia visa appeal. Djokovic, a record nine-time Australian Open champion, won't be battling for a fourth consecutive Australian Open title. "Tennis Australia respects the decision of the Federal Court," Tennis Australia said in a statement.

"As per Grand Slam rules, the No. 1 position in the draw has been filled by a Lucky Loser. The updated schedule for Monday 17 January can be viewed at ausopen.com. "We look forward to a competitive and exciting Australian Open 2022 and wish all players the best of luck."

Djokovic also 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."