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Novak Djokovic returns to tennis court as brother exclaims the 'situation is conflicting'


Novak Djokovic has returned to the tennis court ahead of the Australian Open, according to his brother Djordje. The tennis ace was put in a state-run immigration facility last week after Australia Border Force had cancelled his visa following his arrival in Melbourne. But on Monday, a court overturned that decision.

Djokovic touched down in Australia last Wednesday but was hauled before border officials, who deemed that the medical exemption he had obtained to play as this year’s first Grand Slam was invalid.

He appealed the decision and had been awaiting Monday’s court case, where Judge Anthony Kelly decided officials had not followed correct procedures.

Djokovic was subsequently released from his detention and is now set to undertake preparations ahead of next Monday’s Australian Open start.

“A few moments ago he trained,” Djordje told reporters at a press conference in Serbia. “He was on the tennis court.

“He went to Australia to play tennis – to try to win another Australian Open and win a record that he has been chasing for so many years [to win 21 Grand Slam titles].

“He had all the documents that were required of him and in the end he got medical exemption to travel to Australia.

“Novak is an athlete – he is a tennis player. He is the best tennis player if all time.

Everything he supports is to live up to his principles and ideals. He has always supported the freedom of choice – nothing else.”

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