After Novak Djokovic was deported from Australia following the cancellation of his visa by the Federal Court what prevented him from defending the title at the first Grand Slam in 2022, one of his sponsors said it wanted a word with the world's number one tennis player.
CNN had Lacoste saying on Monday that „it wants to review events that sparked a nearly two-week legal battle and prevented the unvaccinated Serbian from defending his Australian Open title.“
Australia requires international visitors to be vaccinated against Covid-19 unless they have a medical exemption, CNN added.
Djokovic received the exemption, but upon arrival to Melbourne, his visa was revoked because „his documents were not valid and the recent COVID-19 was not a reason for exemption. Djokovic appealed, and a court restored his access.
But the Australian Immigration Minister used his exclusive powers to cancel his visa again, this time on an entirely different basis – Djokovic could threaten the Australian public. Djokovic appealed again, but the Federal Court supported the Minister, and Serbia’s tennis star was deported from Australia earlier on Monday.
„As soon as possible, we will be in touch with Novak Djokovic to review the events that have accompanied his presence in Australia,“ the French clothing brand said in a statement.
CNN said that Djokovic’s sponsors had said very little since his visa was first revoked shortly after arriving in Australia on January 5.
„French automaker Peugeot, another Djokovic sponsor, now owned by Stellantis, declined to comment on Monday. Swiss watchmaker Hublot and Japanese sportswear giant Asics(ASCCF) did not immediately respond to requests for comment,“ CNN added.
The network said that Djokovic had endorsement deals worth 30 million US Dollars a year, according to Forbes, and was the world’s 46th highest-paid athlete in 2021.