Former AO boss Paul McNamee unhappy over delayed Novak Djokovic visa decision

Former Australian Open tournament director Paul McNamee appeared not happy after the Australian authorities let another day pass without making an announcement regarding Novak Djokovic’s visa. 

The judge reinstated Djokovic’s visa on Monday but Immigration Minister Alex Hawke could use his powers to again cancel the visa of the world No. 1. 

The Australian Open organizers were hoping Hawke would make an announcement on Thursday but it didn’t happen. 

The Australian Open organizers even delayed the start of the draw ceremony because they believed the Australian authorities were about to make an announcement. 

It didn’t happen and top-seeded Djokovic was drawn to play Miomir Kecmanovic. 

After the draw was made, some described it as a “temporary Australian Open draw.”

“Respected international journalists are now calling it a ‘temporary’ Australian Open draw. Having once been the Tournament Director for 12 years, and knowing the enormous contributions by so many over the years, I have to say I don’t like our Grand Slam being subject to ridicule,” McNamee tweeted.

Hawke, Scott Morrison remain silent on the Djokovic situation

“I will refer to Mr Hawke’s most recent statement and that position hasn’t changed,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday, per SBS. 

“These are personal ministerial powers able to be exercised by Minister Hawke and I don’t propose to make any further comment at this time.”

After winning his appeal in court, Djokovic said in an Instagram post: “I am pleased and grateful that the Judge overturned my visa cancellation. Despite all that has happened in the past week, I want to stay and to try to compete at the Australian Open.  I remain focused on that.  I flew here to play at one of the most important events we have in front of the amazing fans.  For now I cannot say more but THANK YOU for standing with me through all this and encouraging me to stay strong.”

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