Sergiy Stakhovsky on Novak Djokovic deportation: Very sad day in tennis history

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Sergiy Stakhovsky on Novak Djokovic deportation: Very sad day in tennis history

Former world No. 33 Sergiy Stakhovsky called the Novak Djokovic deportation a "very sad days in history of tennis." On Sunday, Djokovic lost his Australia visa appeal. After losing his appeal, Djokovic deported the country.

Djokovic is a record nine-time Australian Open champion but he didn't get a chance to defend his title at Melbourne Park. Stakhovsky suggested Djokovic was targeted because of his different beliefs. Djokovic refused to get vaccinated before the season.

"A very sad day in history of tennis. It’s sad when politics beat common sense…The law is one for all, but interpretations are different for all. Shameful to target one because of his believes, which are different from others," Stakhovsky tweeted.

Djokovic accepted the court's decision

Djokovic didn't want to cause any drama as he accepted the court's decision and left the country. "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."