‘I Want to Stay’: Novak Djokovic Announces Splendid News For Australian Open 2022, Returns to Tennis Court

Published 01/10/2022, 9:19 AM EST
Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia speaks to the crowd during the trophy presentation ceremony after his match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia (not pictured) in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports


After months of struggle, Novak Djokovic finally managed to secure a medical exemption and fly to Melbourne. Sadly, things turned ugly for him quickly in Australia, as border forces immediately detained him upon landing. Furthermore, they also canceled his visa and threatened him with immediate deportation.

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Now, following his legal proceedings against the government of Australia, federal Judge Anthony Kelly made his ruling on the matter today. Novak’s legal team had gone to court to appeal the cancellation of his visa.

The judge’s ruling was resoundingly in the Serbian’s favor, as he ordered the administration to overturn the cancellation. Even though things might still not go his way, this is still a victory for Novak Djokovic.

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Novak Djokovic releases statement on the judge’s ruling

After a grueling few days of trials, detention, and the entire world bombarding the World No. 1 with their opinions, he has finally broken his silence on the situation.

Tennis – Davis Cup Finals – Group F – Serbia v Germany – Olympiahalle, Innsbruck, Austria – November 27, 2021. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his match against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Following the judge’s ruling in his favor, Novak Djokovic finally released his statement on Twitter. The Serbian tweeted that he is “pleased and grateful that the Judge overturned (his) visa cancellation.”

Additionally, regarding his participation in the Australian Open, he has expressed his desire to “stay and compete (in the) @AustralianOpen.” The Serbian remains focused on the Australian Open. Moreover, he also holds the most number of Australian Open victories in history, with nine championships.

“I flew here to play at one of the most important events we have in front of the amazing fans,” his statement read.

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“For now, I cannot say more but THANK YOU,” he tweeted. Clearly, the champion does have his fans in mind, and appreciates them “for standing with me through all this and encouraging me to stay strong.”

Djokovic’s conversation with the border forces is now public

Following the legal proceedings around his case, the transcript of Djokovic’s conversation during his detention is now public. It clearly shows that the Serbian player was absolutely baffled when told about his visa’s cancellation and risk of deportation.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – Accor Arena, Paris, France – November 7, 2021. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

At 4 in the morning, the interviewer from the border forces gave Djokovic all of twenty minutes to present his case. Due to such immense and immediate pressure, the Serbian felt completely baffled.

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“I am really failing to understand,” Djokovic said. Moreover, Djokovic even pointed out how awkward a position he was being put in since he simply could not have contacted anyone from Tennis Australia, who had allowed him his exemption in the first place.

All that he could do was repeatedly emphasize how he had done everything that Tennis Australia and the Victorian government had asked of him. Nevertheless, the administration proceeded to detain him in isolation for several hours, and then for another couple of days.

It was only after the federal judge ordered them to allow him out from his detention center that Djokovic finally exited his premises to meet with his legal counsel.

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What are your opinions on this entire mess in Melbourne?

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Samarveer Singh

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. He is also an automotive writer at HotCars.

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