Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka said no one came out as winner in the Novak Djokovic visa drama debacle. While in Australia, Djokovic had his visa twice canceled and he was twice detained. After losing his Australia visa appeal on Sunday, Djokovic left the country.
"I think he is not the only one in the wrong in this situation, there are many questions for all parties involved. The rules should be black and white, there shouldn't be grey areas. What happened afterwards was a circus, nobody emerged as a winner from this situation, nothing good came out of it.
I hope next time the rules will be clearer so that you couldn't get around them. Yes, top players do have privileges but this is different, this is pandemic and it's about public health," Azarenka said.
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Djokovic accepted the court's decision
Not being able to compete for a record 21st Grand Slam at Melbourne Park certainly hurt a lot but Djokovic accepted the court's ruling 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."