Novak Djokovic breaks silence after winning appeal against Australian government: “I want to stay”

Novak Djokovic broke his silence and expressed his gratitude after winning his appeal against the Australian government for the cancellation of his visa.

For now, the World’s No.1 Australian Open defense is back after a Federal Court hearing that lasted most of Monday ended in Djokovic’s favor.

The Serbian star has been significantly denied entry to Australia despite being granted a medical exemption to travel without proof of vaccination ahead of this year’s first Grand Slam event.

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Djokovic was held in an immigrant detention hotel in Australia pending his hearing on Monday, but after winning his appeal he went straight to Rod Laver Arena, the scene of his nine Open titles, for his first training session since arriving in Australia.

He posted a photo on Twitter Tuesday morning Australian time thanking his supporters and saying he is now focused on defending his Australian Open title.

“I am happy and grateful that the judge overturned my visa cancellation. Despite everything that has happened, I want to stay and try to participate in @AustralianOpen,” Djokovic wrote.

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“I stay focused on that. I flew here to play one of the most important events we have in front of amazing fans.

“Right now I can’t say more, but THANKS everyone for being by my side during all of this and for encouraging me to stay strong.”

Although, despite winning his initial appeal, Djokovic was not completely out of the woods.

After the verdict, government lawyer Andrew Tran said the federal government would now weigh its options, including Immigration Minister Alex Hawke using his personal power to cancel Djokovic’s visa again.

If Djokovic has his visa canceled again by a minister, he will not be allowed to enter Australia for three years, which could see the parties return to court.

It is unclear when the federal government will make the decision whether or not to use that personal power, although the judge presiding over Djokovic’s appeal on Monday suggested that would not be the end of the case.

“To some extent the stakes have gone up rather than down,” Judge Anthony Kelly said.

If Djokovic gets final clearance, he will be free to aim for a record 21 Grand Slam titles, eclipsing both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (20), which would crown him as the greatest tennis player in the world.

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