Unvaccinated, released and determined. Novak Djokovic is still waiting to know whether or not he will be able to participate in the Australian Open tournament which begins Sunday January 16 in Melbourne and where the Serbian aims to afford a 21st Grand Slam tournament. Released on Monday, January 10, he had been held for five days in a detention center in the city, for lack of proof of vaccination against Covid-19.
Vaccine exemption, visa error, threat of deportation: Novak Djokovic’s crazy week in Australia
For the first time since his departure, the world number 1 has come out of silence on social networks. “I am happy and grateful that the judge overturned the cancellation of my visa. Despite everything that has happened, I want to stay and try to compete in the Australian Open. I am focused on this goal. I came here to play one of the most important events we have ever had, in front of amazing fans ”, he posted on Twitter, caption of a photo of him and his staff.
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“It’s the biggest victory of his career”
This is the first time since his arrival in Melbourne on Wednesday January 5 that the champion has emerged from the silence. As a reminder, Novak Djokovic had obtained a vaccination exemption to go to the venue of the tournament, only to then have his visa canceled. If he was released on Monday, he can still be deported from Australian territory.
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At a press conference in Belgrade on Monday, his family also expressed their relief. “Thank God, God exists… It is the greatest victory of his career, greater than all his Grand Slams” Dijana, his mother, was moved. “Justice has been served, the truth has been revealed” Djordje Djokovic added. “We finally showed the whole world (…) that Novak is an honest man, an extraordinary man”, he insisted, before revealing that his brother champion had taken advantage of his first moments of freedom to train.
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“He wouldn’t allow anyone to bring him to his knees… He’s a mental giant, a fantastic young man who never hurt anyone, he always had a good relationship with everyone and always tried to help., for his part commented Srdjan Djokovic, the tennis player’s father. But obviously, the fact that he came from a small poor country was not appreciated by some powerful people… They did not like that someone from a small country could be the best at their bourgeois sport. “