Former world No. 4 Greg Rusedski said the whole Novak Djokovic drama could have easily been avoided had the Australian Open and Victorian Government said no to medical exemptions. Djokovic refused to get vaccinated before the season but flew to Australia after being granted a medical exemption for the tournament.
After landing in Australia, Djokovic had his visa canceled. Djokovic's visa was reinstated on Monday but on Friday Immigration Minister Alex Hawke revoked the visa of the Serb. On Sunday, Djokovic lost his Australia visa appeal.
"This whole mess with Novak could have easily been avoided If the Australian Open and Victorian Government would have said no medical exemptions are allowed to participate @AustralianOpen. You have to be double vaaxed or you cannot participate.
Why did this not happen?" Rusedski tweeted.
This whole mess with Novak could have easily been avoided. If the Australian Open and Victorian Government would have said no medical exemptions are allowed to participate @AustralianOpen.
You have to be double vaaxed or you cannot participate. Why did this not happen? — Greg Rusedski (@GregRusedski1) January 16, 2022
Djokovic accepted the decision
"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."