Novak Djokovic Australian open free

“I want to stay and try to compete” Novak Djokovic breaks silence after release

Novak Djokovic has sent an emotional message after being freed from his quarantine in a Melbourne hotel as the Australian courts upheld his appeal against his deportation for visa issues

Novak Djokovic has posted a picture of himself with his team on the tennis courts in Melbourne after being freed to enter Australia legally following the saga over his visa status.

Djokovic said, “I’m pleased and grateful that the Judge overturned my visa cancellation. Despite all that has happened. I want to stay and try to compete. 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 all for standing with me through all this and encouraging me to stay strong”

Djokovic is now free to defend his 2021 Australian Open title and to attempt to take the lead in the race for the leading Grand Slam singles title winner in the men’s game. He sits on 20 titles currently, which is equal with Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal. Nadal will also play the 2022 Australian Open but Federer is still recovering from knee surgery so cannot compete.

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