Karen Khachanov weighs in on Novak Djokovic visa debacle



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Karen Khachanov weighs in on Novak Djokovic visa debacle

Russian tennis star Karen Khachanov gave his thoughts on the Novak Djokovic debacle but refused to either defend or blame the Serb. During his 10 days in Australia, Djokovic's visa was twice canceled and he was twice detained.

On Sunday, Djokovic lost his Australia visa appeal and left the country. "There are as many opinions as there are people. Some will blame him, the others will defend him. I'm neutral. On the one hand, he was allowed to arrive in Australia, he didn't break any rules by arriving here, he received medical exemption, no matter on what grounds.

On the other hand, there was vaccination requirement for everybody else. I didn't want to get vaccinated, quite a few players didn't want to do it or still had high antibody levels after recoevering from coronavirus but we all did get vaccinated anyway.

Looking from this angle, (Djokovic having an exemption) didn't feel right," Khachanov said.

Djokovic released a statement

After being stripped of a chance to compete for a record 10th Australian Open title, Djokovic 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."