'No convenient exceptions' for Djokovic, says Australia's Payne

The unanimous ruling by a three-judge Federal Court bench dealt a final blow to Djokovic's hopes of chasing a record 21st Grand Slam win at the Australian Open, which starts on Monday, dismaying his family and supporters.

"I am absolutely confident that the very positive relationship, bilateral relationship between Australia and Serbia will continue on the strong footing that it currently enjoys," Payne told reporters.

Djokovic, 34, said he was "extremely disappointed" by the ruling but he respected the court's decision.

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