Former world No. 1 Justine Henin suggested maybe the best thing for Novak Djokovic right now would be to pack his things and leave Australia.
After landing in Melbourne, Djokovic’s visa was cancelled and the Serb was placed in detention.
Djokovic won his appeal in court as the judge reinstated the visa of the world No. 1.
On Friday, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke exercised his powers to cancel the visa of the Serb.
Djokovic could again appeal the decision.
“I think it’s the best thing he doesn’t play at the moment,” Henin said, per ABC.
“When something is so complicated, I don’t say that Djokovic doesn’t have to fight, because he thought it was the right thing to do, but I think now it’s been proved that so many Australian people don’t want him to play.
“So maybe it’s better for everyone, for tennis, for the tournament, and maybe for him, that he doesn’t play the tournament.”
Hawke announced his decision on the Djokovic visa case
“Today I exercised my power under section 133C(3) of the Migration Act to cancel the visa held by Mr Novak Djokovic on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so,” Hawke said in a statement on Friday.
“This decision followed orders by the Federal Circuit and Family Court on 10 January 2022, quashing a prior cancellation decision on procedural fairness grounds.
“In making this decision, I carefully considered information provided to me by the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border For. and Mr Djokovic.
“The Morrison Government is firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I thank the officers of the Department of Horne Affairs and the Australian Border Force who work every day to serve Australia’s interests in increasingly challenging operational environments.”