Former world No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga said the whole Novak Djokovic situation was sad for the world No. 1 and Australian Open. Djokovic refused to get vaccinated but was granted a medical exemption for the Australian Open. After arriving in Australia, Djokovic's visa was canceled and he was detained.
Djokovic won his appeal in court and his visa was reinstated. On Friday, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke exercised his power to cancel the visa of Djokovic for a second time. On Sunday, Djokovic lost his Australia visa appeal and was deported from the country.
“I am vaccinated. The Djokovic affair went too far. I am disappointed for him. It's sad for him and the tournament," Tsonga told RTLSport.
Tsonga and Djokovic clashed in 2008
Djokovic, a record nine-time Australian Open champion, claimed his maiden Grand Slam title after beating Tsonga in the 2008 Australian Open final.
After losing his visa appeal, Djokovic released a statement. "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."