Former NBA star Yao Ming speaks on Novak Djokovic visa debacle

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Former NBA star Yao Ming speaks on Novak Djokovic visa debacle

Former NBA great Yao Ming was asked about the Novak Djoovic visa debacle. Djokovic refused to get vaccinated before the season but traveled to Australia after being granted a medical exemption. 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 Australia. Ming, a former eight-time NBA All-Star, said he's not familiar with Australia's pandemic measures, "so I’m not in a position to comment if he did right or wrong."

However, Ming offered his perspective as a former athlete. "Speaking as a former athlete, I think it’s a pity for a player to lose such an opportunity and for the spectators to lose an opportunity to enjoy watching the player's skills," Ming said, per Yahoo!


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.

"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."