World reacts to Novak Djokovic’s canceled visa ahead of Australian Open

Novak Djokovic’s former coach and multiple Grand Slam winner Boris Becker has lamented the men’s world number one had his visa canceled by Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, but said it was a reminder that no player is bigger than the sport.

Becker’s reaction was just one of many reactions from the world of tennis and politics as Djokovic and his lawyers prepared to challenge the cancellation of his visa again.

His thoughts appeared to be echoed by three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray, who called Djokovic’s situation “unfortunate” when asked by reporters after his semi-final win at the Sydney Tennis Classic.

Andy Murray says he hopes Djokovic’s situation can be quickly resolved.(Reuters)

As Murray was measured, former women’s world number one and seven-time Grand Slam champion Justine Henin said it was probably best for Djokovic to just pack up and go home at this point.

Former French Open champion and BBC presenter Sue Barker said Djokovic simply had to face the consequences of his own actions when it came to his refusal to get vaccinated.

Djokovic’s former Serbian Davis Cup teammate Janko Tipsarevic tweeted: “Toxic shame to everyone involved in this process…”

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While renowned tennis coach and analyst Darren Cahill said the situation misrepresents everyone involved.

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In Australia, the decision also led to numerous political accusations.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he took note of Mr Hawke’s decision to cancel the tennis star’s visa.

“I understand that after careful consideration, steps have been taken by the Minister to cancel Mr. Djokovic’s visa for reasons of health and good order, on the grounds that it was in the public interest to do so” , Mr. Morrison said.

“This pandemic has been incredibly difficult for every Australian, but we have stuck together and saved lives and livelihoods. “

However, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said the saga was a distraction from the bigger issues facing the country and accused Mr Morrison of using Djokovic’s visa drama as a distraction.

“[Scott Morrison] used this Novak Djokovic saga as a distraction from the shortages in our supermarkets, the shortages in our pharmacies, the shortages of workers, the uncertainty that people have had about boosters for children and the return to school and all the remains,” Mr. Albanese said.

“But what we have from a government is day in and day out they don’t make a decision when it’s now been almost 60 days since their visa was granted.”

Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd tweeted that the Djokovic debacle was “a big political distraction” for the government.

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The latest court battle between Djokovic and the federal government is set to resume on Saturday.

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