Former world No. 1 John McEnroe went on a rant after being asked about Novak Djokovic losing his Australia visa appeal and getting deported from the country. On Sunday, Djokovic lost his appeal in court and was deported from Australia.
Djokovic flew to Australia after being granted a medical exemption but the government wasn't willing to allow him to compete while unvaccinated. “It’s an absolute joke what’s gone on in the last 12 days, it’s sad the way it ended, I watched it play out live,” McEnroe said on ESPN, as quoted on MSN.
“It’s total BS, if he decides not to have a vaccine and the Australian authorities say, ‘You cannot go down there unless you’re vaccinated,’ end of story, it’s black or white. “He decides whether or not he wants to do it, he’s got very strong beliefs – the reason he’s got a lot more (titles) than me is because he’s willing to go risk that, to go down there”.
Djokovic accepted the court's decision
"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."