Piers Morgan taunts ‘Covid rule cheat’ and ‘liar’ Novak Djokovic after Serbian’s visa is cancelled in Australia… but other tennis stars offer their support to World No 1 amid ‘political agenda’ that has seen him deported from the country
Piers Morgan has taunted ‘Covid rule cheat’ and ‘liar’ Novak Djokovic following the World No 1’s imminent deportation from Australia, while his fellow tennis stars also reacted to news of his visa cancellation this morning.
After a whirlwind 12 days in which the World No 1 has been put under the spotlight due to his vaccination status, Australia has declined the Serb’s visa, meaning he will not compete at the Australian Open.
Djokovic made a last-ditch attempt to overturn the decision in court, but he failed to convince three senior judges to let him stay, meaning he will likely be put on the first plane back to Dubai, after arriving Down Under on an Emirates flight nearly two weeks ago.
And former Good Morning Britain host Morgan has blasted the Serbian following the Australian Government’s decision, praising the decision made overnight.
‘BREAKING: Covid rule cheat, immigration form liar, & anti-vaxxer icon Novak Djokovic loses final appeal against deportation & will be thrown out of Australia without being able to compete in Aus Open. Good,’ he tweetd.
Twitter has reacted to Novak Djokovic’s imminent deportation from Australia this morning
Australian authorities have revoked the Serbian tennis superstar’s visa for a second time
Meanwhile, a whole host of tennis stars have had their say on the latest Djokovic development, with some expressing their sympathy for their colleague – who is also the head of the players’ union.
‘I know too little to judge the situation,’ Alize Cornet said. ‘What I know is that Novak is always the first one to stand for the players. But none of us stood for him. Be strong @DjokerNole’.
Canadian player Vasek Posipisil was even more supportive of Djokovic, slamming the decision to allow the Serb to travel before ultimately cancelling his visa.
‘Novak would never have gone to Australia if he had not been given an exemption to enter the country by the government (which he did receive; hence Judge Kelly’s initial ruling),’ he posted.
‘He would have skipped the Australian Open and been home with his family and no one would be talking about this mess.
‘There was a political agenda at play here with the elections coming up which couldn’t be more obvious. This is not his fault. He did not force his way into the country and did not “make his own rules”; he was ready to stay home.’
Australian star Nick Kyrgios, who has long criticised Djokovic over the years, simply posted a single face-palm emoji, having previously offered support to the World No 1.
Meanwhile, Serena Williams’s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, hoped that tennis will now be the focus. He tweeted: ‘The big loser of this mess is the tournament. The only good news is that we will hopefully start talking about tennis.’
There are hopes the focus will now be on the first Grand Slam of the year, due to start shortly
Djokovic said in a statement: ‘I would like to make a brief statement to address the outcomes of today’s Court hearing. I will now be taking some time to rest and recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this.
‘I am extremely disappointed with the Court ruling to dismiss 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 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.
‘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 to me.’