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Djokovic reacts to decision with vow – rt sport news

The controversial world number one spoke publicly for the first time since being released by a Melbourne court on Monday

Novak Djokovic posted on his devoted fans and shared a photo of himself for the first time since a court verdict on his visa line with the Australian government on his Covid vaccination status.

A mystery surrounded the fate of Djokovic the day after his high-profile hearing in Australia on Monday, which ended with a judge ordering the world number one’s release as officials appeared to threaten him with deportation despite the ruling.

Amid concerns over Djokovic’s physical and mental well-being after spending several days in hotel detention, the Serbian hero made his first public announcement since thanking fans for their support pending the seismic decision. .

“I am happy and grateful that the judge overturned the cancellation of my visa”, Djokovic told his millions of social media followers, imagining himself smiling on a tournament court alongside his team.

β€œDespite everything that has happened, I want to stay and try to compete. I stay focused on that. I flew here to play one of the most important events we have in front of amazing fans. . “

The defending champion may need all of his resilience if predictions of a chilly welcome from the crowd at the Grand Slam prove correct.

Many Australians are angry at what they see as special treatment for Djokovic in a country that has seen some of the world’s toughest vaccination and lockdown rules.

Djokovic’s case centered around a positive Covid test which he returned to his homeland on December 16.

Transcripts as part of the evidence at the hearing showed Djokovic was baffled when officials contradicted the advice he received that he would be granted medical exemption for six months from the date. to which he tested positive.

“For the moment, I cannot say more”, Djokovic told his relieved supporters, some of whom had gathered outside his hotel and courthouse in Melbourne.

“But thank you all for staying by my side during all of this and for encouraging me to stay strong.”

The words of the 20-time Grand Slam champion came at the same time as his family, including his brother Djordje, mother Dijana and father Srdjan, were giving a press conference in Serbia.

Dijana has predicted that favorite Djokovic will now be even more motivated to break the record for Grand Slam trophy wins in the tournament, which runs from January 17-30, 2022.


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