QUOTES-Reaction to Australian court upholding Djokovic’s visa cancellation
Here are the reactions to the Australian federal court which upheld the government’s decision to revoke Novak Djokovic’s visa, ending the Serbian’s bid for a record 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open from 17-30 January. 20 TIMES GRAND CHEMELE CHAMPION NOVAK DJOKOVIC
“I would like to make a brief statement to address the results of today’s hearing. I will now take some time to rest and recover, before making any further comments beyond that. “I am extremely disappointed with the Court’s decision to dismiss my application for judicial review of the Minister’s decision to cancel my visa, which means I cannot stay in Australia and compete in the Australian Open.”
CANADIAN TENNIS PLAYER VASEK POSPISIL ON TWITTER “Novak would never have gone to Australia if he had not received an exemption to enter the country by the government (which he received, hence the original decision of the Justice Kelly).
“He would have skipped the Australian Open and stayed home with his family and no one would talk about this mess. “There was a political agenda at play here with the upcoming election that couldn’t be more obvious. It’s not his fault. He did not force his way into the country and “make his own rules”; he was ready to stay home.”
FORMER AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER KEVIN RUDD ON TWITTER “The end of a week-long political circus – all of this would have been avoidable if Morrison hadn’t issued #Djokovic a visa in the first place.
“He then tries to sound like a hairy-chested Howard: ‘We decide who comes here, nobody else.’ Meanwhile, the hospital crisis is in the news.” FRENCH TENNIS PLAYER ALIZE CORNET ON TWITTER
“I know too little to judge the situation. What I do know is that Novak is always the first to defend the players. But none of us defended him. Be strong @DjokerNole” THE AUSTRALIAN SENATOR NICK MCKIM ON TWITTER
“Djokovic is being deported to resume his privileged life. Meanwhile, people who are genuine refugees continue to languish in Australian prisons after nine years of exile, murder, abuse and brutal dehumanization. We must remove the divine powers of the minister. Now.” FORMER AUSTRALIAN TENNIS PLAYER RENNAE STUBBS ON TWITTER
“It’s official. The 9 time defending champion will be expelled from Australia. It’s a sad day for tennis, Australia, the Australian Open, and obviously for @DjokerNole. Honestly, I can’t can’t believe it’s come to this…” TENNIS WRITER BEN ROTHENBERG ON TWITTER
“(Periodic and important reminder that Djokovic could have avoided all that rigamarole by simply getting vaccinated like 97%+ of his tennis peers did.)”
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