Novak Djokovic’s stunned reaction to his Australian visa being revoked.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC will have to wait to see if he will be able to compete in the Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic found it “shocking” that his visa to enter Australia was revoked just hours after he arrived in the country last week, despite the fact that he claimed he had completed all of the requirements before landing at Melbourne Airport.
The Serbian ace is in Australia to defend his Australian Open title, but it’s unclear if he’ll be able to do so.
After arriving in Australia, Djokovic was detained by Australian Border Force, who informed him that his vaccination medical exemption was invalid and that his visa would be revoked.
The 34-year-old was first interviewed at 12:21 a.m., shortly after landing, according to the official transcript.
After a brief pause, the interview resumed shortly before 4 a.m., with Djokovic visibly surprised by what he was hearing.
Djokovic exclaimed, “I don’t understand, you’re canceling my visa.”
“I’m not sure what else you want me to provide you with; I’ve already provided all of the documents Tennis Australia and the Victorian government have requested in the last three, four weeks.”
“We’ll do whatever they want.”
This is their set of guidelines.”
The official then informed Djokovic that he would have only 20 minutes to provide information in order to keep his visa, but that he could apply for more time if he needed it.
And the 20-time Grand Slam champion claimed there was nothing he could do in such a short amount of time.
Djokovic replied, “So you’re giving me legally 20 minutes to try to provide additional information that I don’t have.”
“At 4 a.m.? You’ve put me in an awkward position where I can’t call Tennis Australia’s director, I can’t engage with anyone from the Victorian state government through Tennis Australia.”
“You put me in an awkward situation.”
I’m not sure what else I can say.
I’ve completed all of the tasks that were assigned to me.
“And I wouldn’t be sitting in front of you if I wasn’t following all of your government’s rules and regulations.”
“It’s a little surprising to me that you’re going to give me notice.”
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