Serbian PM describes Australia's decision to deport Novak Djokovic as 'scandalous'



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Serbian PM describes Australia's decision to deport Novak Djokovic as 'scandalous'

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic described the federal court's decision to deport Novak Djokovic as "scandalous." On Friday, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke canceled the visa of Djokovic for a second time.

On Sunday, Djokovic lost his Australia visa appeal. After losing his visa for the first time, Djokovic appealed and had his visa reinstated. "I think the court decision is scandalous...I find it unbelievable that we have two completely contradictory court decisions within the span of just a few days," Serbian Prime Minister Brnabic told reporters in Belgrade, as quoted on Reuters.

"I am disappointed...I think it demonstrated how the rule of law is functioning or better to say not functioning in some other countries. In any case, I can hardly wait to see Novak Djokovic in our own country, in Serbia."

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."