David Goffin on Novak Djokovic deportation: Shock decision

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David Goffin on Novak Djokovic deportation: Shock decision

Former world No. 7 David Goffin called the Novak Djokovic deportation as a "shock decision." On Friday, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke exercised his power to cancel the visa of Djokovic for a second time. Djokovic appeared in front of the judge on Sunday and lost his Australia visa appeal.

After losing his appeal, Djokovic left the country. Djokovic is a record nine-time Australian Open champion and not having him is a major blow for the tournament. "In the end it's a shock decision. But it would have been too if he was allowed to play," Goffin told Le Soir.

Goffin fully vaccinated

During his interview with Le Soir, Goffin revealed he plans to soon take his third COVID-19 vaccine dose. Meanwhile, Djokovic accepted the court's decision and left the country after losing his appeal.

"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."