Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic revealed that he was angry with Australia, saying that they made themselves look bad.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic’s ugly battle with the Australian government saw him win a battle, but not the war. Although he had them beat on legal grounds, the government took the decision to deport him back to Serbia.
The decision was met with a very mixed response. Nevertheless, the fact remains that the 20-time Grand Slam winner can forget about playing in the Australian Open.
As a result, the Serbian President revealed that he was angry with Australia, saying that they made themselves look incompetent.
“I talked to Novak a while ago, and I encouraged him, and I told him that I can’t wait for him to come to Serbia and return to his country, and to be where he is always welcome,” Vucic said, as quoted by Tennis World USA.
“They think that they humiliated Djokovic with this 10-day harassment, and they actually humiliated themselves.”
After losing his appeal, Djokovic accepted it and gave his statement regarding the situation.
“I would like to make a brief statement to address the outcome’s of today’s Court hearing,” it read.
“I will now be taking some time to rest and recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this.
“I’m extremely disappointed with the Court ruling to discuss my application for judicial review of the Minister’s 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 will cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country. I’m 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. Finally, I would like to thank my family, friends, team, supporters, fans and my fellow Serbians for your continued support. You have all been a great source of strength for me,” he concluded.