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Djokovic says wants to play in Australian Open after visa victory

Djokovic says wants to play in Australian Open after visa victory

Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic said on Monday he was hoping to still compete in the Australian

Open, hours after winning a stunning victory over the Australian government in his visa battle, reports AFP. The ruling overturned the cancellation of Djokovic’s visa on Covid-19 health grounds, and ended the unvaccinated player’s detention in an immigration facility, potentially clearing the way for him to play in the tournament that starts next Monday. His mother Dijana, speaking at a press conference in

Belgrade, called it “the biggest victory in his career, bigger than all his grand slams”. Djokovic tweeted from Melbourne: “Despite all that has happened, I want to stay and try to compete @AustralianOpen. I remain focused on that.” In an emergency online court hearing, the judge ordered that the decision to cancel Djokovic’s visa “be quashed”. He instructed that the 34-year-old men’s world number one “be released immediately and forthwith from immigration detention”. Hours later, his family said justice

had been served.