The Serbian Tennis Federation (TSS) said in a statement the Novak Djokovic visa cancelation was done in order to satisfy the "public interest." On Sunday, Djokovic lost his Australia visa appeal and was deported from the country.
Djokovic, a record nine-time Australian Open champion, was stripped of a chance to battle for a record 21st Grand Slam at Melbourne Park. “Novak Djokovic...has been denied an opportunity to win a milestone 10th title (in Australia).
Political pressure has led to the revocation of his visa to satisfy ‘public interest’," the TSS said in a statement. "..It begs the question whether athletes will from now on be incarcerated like criminals and deported when it suits the political interests of powerful individuals."
Djokovic released a statement
After losing his visa appeal, Djokovic accepted the decision and said he would take his time before deciding his next step. "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."