The President of Tennis Australia has said that the Australian Open preparation review will take place after Novak Djokovic is sent off. In a statement released by Tennis Australia, President Jane Hrdlicka said board members “deeply regret” the events of the past two weeks. Djokovic, the world’s number one tennis player, had his visa revoked twice ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year.
In a statement, Ms Hrdlichka said Tennis Australia complied with Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s decision that voided the Serbian visa and the Federal Court’s decision that also rejected Djokovic’s latest attempt to stay in the country. The Australian Open has been hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic for the past two years and international players have requested a two-week hotel quarantine in order to play in 2021.
A lot of attention before the Grand Slam tournament this year was riveted on Djokovic. In a statement, Ms Hrdlika said the board appreciated the work of Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley and the team that organized the tournament.