World Number One Tennis player Novak Djokovic has left Australia after a federal court dismissed his challenge to his canceled visa.
A three-judge bench of the Australian federal court ruled on Sunday in favor of Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s decision to reject Djokovic’s visa for a second time, leading to Djokovic leaving the country without a chance to compete in the Australian Open.
“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,” Djokovic said in a statement.
“I respect the Court’s ruling, and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country.”
Hawke expressed approval for the Federal Court ruling on Sunday and confirmed that Djokovic departed the country. Novak was seen leaving Australia on a flight to Dubai, reported CNN.
The No. 1 tennis player’s final destination is unknown.
Tennis Australia, which organizes the Australian Open, said that it “respects the decision of the federal court” and that Djokovic’s slot has been replaced