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Djokovic case: Tennis Australia to review ‘all aspects’ of process

The Tennis Australia (TA) federation has issued a statement in light of Novak Djokovic's deportation from the country prior to the first grand slam of the season - without mentioning the Serbia world number one by name.

Melbourne, 18 January 2022 (dpa/MIA) — The Tennis Australia (TA) federation has issued a statement in light of Novak Djokovic’s deportation from the country prior to the first grand slam of the season – without mentioning the Serbia world number one by name.

But it also admitted: “There are always lessons to learn, and we will review all aspects of our preparation and implementation to inform our planning – as we do every year.

“That process always starts once the Australian Open champions have lifted their trophies.”

Djokovic had his visa canceled for possessing insufficient proof to justify a medical exemption from the mandatory coronavirus vaccination required to enter the country.

Despite overturning this decision in court, he was subsequently deported when Immigration Minister Alex Hawke cancelled his visa again.

“Tennis Australia has been working closely with both the Federal and Victorian government for the past year to deliver a COVID safe Australian Open for the players, staff, and fans,” the statement said.

“Embarking on a major international sporting event during a global pandemic that continues to evolve and challenge us all, is profoundly demanding for all stakeholders.

“As the Australian tennis family, we recognize that recent events have been a significant distraction for everyone, and we deeply regret the impact this had on all players.”

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