Novak Djokovic training back for Australian Open after vaccine fight

Novak Djokovic resumed training after a judge ordered that he be released from immigration detention after the Australian government attempted to deport him for being unconvinced against COVID-19. Djokovic is shown playing a match during the Davis Cup on December 3, 2021 in Madrid, Spain.
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Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic was back in training after an Australian court ruled he could stay in the country despite being denied vaccination against COVID-19.

Djokovic, 34, was given a vaccine mandate waiver by the Australian Open and is set to compete in the tournament later this month until the country’s government revoked his visa and deported him because of his vaccination status. He was not taken into custody last week after an attempted murder.

However, the nine-time Australian Open winner was training towards adding to his record on Monday after being ordered to be released by Judge Anthony Kelly. Djokovic tweeted a picture of himself on a tennis court in Melbourne Park, thanking supporters, shortly after leaving his detention.

“I am happy and grateful that the judge overturned my visa cancellation,” Djokovic tweeted. “Despite what has happened, I want to stay and try to compete @AustralianOpen, I stay focused on that. I flew here to play at one of our most important events in front of amazing fans “

He added four “praying hands” emoji to fans in an additional tweet, “For now I can’t say more but you for standing by me through all of this and encouraging me to stay strong.” Thanks everyone.”

Djokovic’s younger brother and fellow tennis player Jordje Djokovic said “Novak is free and just a short time ago he went to the tennis court to practice” during a press conference in Belgrade after the court’s victory. In the same event, his father Srijan predicted that the relegation attempt would give Novak “extra strength” and help him win “another 10 Grand Slams”.

Djokovic, who, in addition to his Australian Open record, shares the men’s overall record of 20 Grand Slam titles with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, was waived for the tournament’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate on the assumption that his have had some natural immunity to test positive for the virus and last month to recover. After arriving in Melbourne last week, immigration officials stopped him at the airport, saying he had failed to provide sufficient evidence of medical exemption.

While fans and family of the tennis star celebrated her Visa win, many Australians reacted to the news with outrage as the country struggled to deal with the omicron-fueled surge of the virus. The country’s former prime minister, Kevin Rudd, also accused current prime minister Scott Morrison of “complete incompetence” on the matter and questioned why the Australian authorities issued Djokovic a visa that allowed him to go there in the first place.

Austrian government is search Other options that could have ousted Djokovic from the country. The visa could still be revoked at the discretion of Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, possibly barring Djokovic from entering Australia for three years. A Hawk spokesman said: “The minister is currently looking into the matter and the process is ongoing.”

The Australian Open is scheduled to begin on January 17. If Djokovic is allowed to remain in the country, his first match could be determined in a draw set for Thursday.