Novak Djokovic has tweeted that he is “pleased and grateful” that a judge quashed the Australian government’s decision to cancel his visa. He said that “despite all that has happened,” he wants to remain in country to “try to compete” in the Australian Open.
He also thanked his supporters for standing with him and encouraging him to “stay strong.”
What next for Djokovic?
Despite the positive news for tennis star Novak Djokovic on Monday, whether he will be able to compete in the Australian Open later this month still remains unclear.
If Djokovic is allowed to stay, when will he play? Following his release from detention, the Serbian tennis star has returned to training, according to his brother. Djokovic has made clear in a series of tweets that he still intends to play in the tournament.
We don’t know yet when Djokovic’s first match would be, but the main draw is on is Thursday January 13.
Will the Australian Open intervene and cancel his visa? Given that the Australian Open invited Djokovic to play in the tournament, this seems unlikely.
Djokovic has won the Australian Open a record nine times in his career. The 34-year-old Serbian has also won 20 grand slam singles titles — an achievement matched by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. If he were to win the tournament, he would break the all-time men’s singles grand slam record.
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