Joao Sousa: I'm sure Novak Djokovic was guaranteed by TA he could come and play

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Joao Sousa: I'm sure Novak Djokovic was guaranteed by TA he could come and play

Portuguese tennis player Joao Sousa described the Novak Djokovic visa cancelation as the sad news for the world No. 1 and the Australian Open. Djokovic, a record nine-time Australian Open champion, is set to miss the Australian Open.

Djokovic had his visa canceled on Friday but he appealed the decision and appeared in court on Sunday. Unfortunately for Djokovic, he lost his Australia visa appeal and was deported from the country. Djokovic refused to get vaccinated before the season but he was granted a medical exemption for the Australian Open.

"Sad news for him and for the tournament. Players knew the rules, but I’m sure Novak was guaranteed by the Tennis Australia that he could come and and play," Sousa said, per Jose Morgado.

Djokovic peacefully left the country

After losing his visa appeal, Djokovic reacted in a calm manner.

Djokovic was stripped of a chance to compete for a record 21st Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park. "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."