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Djokovic's sponsor Lacoste says it will "review events" around star's Australia visa cancellation

Camilla Rydzek
17 January 2022

Lacoste, a sponsor of the world's top men's tennis player Novak Djokovic, has said in a statement that it will contact the player "as soon as possible" to review the events that accompanied his presence in Australia.

The announcement follows a chaotic two weeks that concluded with Serbian national Djokovic's deportation from Australia on Sunday, after his visa was cancelled for a second time.

Djokovic was in the country to participate in the Australian Open, which started today, and had ambitions to record his 21st Grand Slam win.

"We wish everyone an excellent tournament and thank the organisers for all their efforts to ensure that the tournament is held in good conditions for players, staff and spectator," Lacoste added.

A legal battle had been trying to determine whether Djokovic's unvaccinated status could be reconciled with Australia's COVID-19 entry regulations, which require all international visitors to be vaccinated unless they have a valid medical exemption.

Djokovic's appearance at the upcoming French Open is also put into question as French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu announced that competing athletes will have to be vaccinated to enter the country.

Other sponsors of the star tennis player including French car manufacturer Peugeot, Swiss watchmaker Hublot and Japanese sportswear giant Asics have not released statements.

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