Australian PM on Novak Djokovic deportation: Time to get back to enjoying tennis



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Australian PM on Novak Djokovic deportation: Time to get back to enjoying tennis

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison praised the federal court for their decision to uphold Immigration Minister Alex Hawke's decision to revoke the visa of Novak Djokovic. On Friday, Hawke announced his decision to cancel the visa of Djokovic for a second time.

Djokovic appeared in court on Sunday and lost his Australia visa appeal. "The Full Federal Court of Australia unanimously decided to dismiss Mr Novak Djokovic’s application for judicial review which sought to challenge the Minister for Immigration’s decision to cancel his visa," Morrison said, per Sportskeeda.

"This cancelation decision was made on health, safety and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so. I welcome the decision to keep our borders strong and keep Australians safe...Our Government has always understood this and has been prepared to take the decisions and actions necessary to protect the integrity of our borders."

Morrison says now everyone can focus on the tennis and enjoy the Australian Open. "I thank the Court for their prompt attention to these issues and the patience of all involved as we have worked to resolve this issue," Morrison said.

"It’s now time to get on with the Australian Open and get back to enjoying tennis over the summer."

Djokovic deported from the country

After losing his visa appeal, Djokovic accepted the decision and reacted 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."