Following the upholding of Novak Djokovic's visa cancellation, Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews declared that he will be barred from entering Australia for three years. Djokovic's visa was revoked on Friday by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke.
Djokovic was deported from Australia on Sunday after losing his visa appeal in the federal court. "Immigration Minister Alex Hawke cancelled the visa," Karen Andrews confirmed. "The Federal Court upheld the cancellation, meaning he will be barred from entering the country for the next three years."
Djokovic was forced to withdraw from the Australian Open after losing his visa appeal, and was deported. Djokovic handled the situation admirably, accepting the court's judgement and stating that he will not speak further until he chooses his next move.
On this Regard Novak responded saying- "I'd like to make a brief statement to address the outcomes of today's Court hearing, I'll now take some time to rest and recuperate, before making any further comments."
"I'm quite upset with the Court's decision to hear my judicial review case of the Minister's decision to cancel my visa, which means I won't be able to stay in Australia and compete in the Australian Open. Nevertheless I accept the Court's decision and will work with the appropriate authorities to arrange my exit from the country." Djokovic stated.
He further added- "I'm uncomfortable that the spotlight has been on me for the past few weeks, and I hope we can now all focus on the game and tournament I love. I'd like to wish the players, tournament officials, staff, volunteers, and fans the best of luck in the tournament."
"Finally, I'd like to express my gratitude to my family, friends, teammates, supporters, fans, and fellow Serbians for their unwavering support. You've all been a tremendous source of support for me."