Novak Djokovic: ‘I hope we can all now focus on the game and tournament I love’

Novak Djokovic has spoken of his ‘extreme disappointment’ at the decision to prevent him from playing in the Australian Open.

Djokovic was all set to defend his title, as well as attempt to win a 10th Australian Open crown and a record 21st career major.

However, he will not get that chance after a panel of Federal Court judges unanimously ruled to uphold the order to deport him.

“I’d like to make a brief statement to address the outcomes of today’s Court hearing,” Novak Djokovic said in a statement.

“I will now be taking some time to rest and to recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this.

“I am extremely disappointed with the ruling to dismiss my application for judicial review of the 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’ll cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from Australia.

“I am 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.”

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