Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Australia "humiliated themselves" and not Novak Djokovic with their 10-day harrasment. On Sunday, Djokovic lost his Australia visa appeal and was deported from the country. After Djokovic lost his visa appeal in court, the Djokovic visa saga reached its end as it was confirmed the Serb would not play the Australian Open.
“I talked to Novak a while ago, and I encouraged him, and I told him that I can’t wait for him to come to Serbia and return to his country, and to be where he is always welcome,” Vucic said, per 9News.
“They think that they humiliated Djokovic with this 10-day harassment, and they actually humiliated themselves."
Djokovic released a statement
After losing his appeal, Djokovic accepted it and left the country in a peaceful way.
"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."