Tennis champion Novak Djokovic appeared for the first time since his deportation from Australia. And he came up with some revelations.
Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic has promised to reveal his side of the Australian Open drama history after his first appearance in the press, weeks after his ouster.
The 20-time men’s singles Grand Slam champion met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in front of a crowd at night, describing the “unfortunate events in Australia” which “were at least unexpected, as it happened”, he said with a smile.
Djokovic has spent the last two weeks in Belgrade and Montenegro since his deportation.
“This is the first time I’ve been out in public,” he said.
Djokovic thanked the President for his support, together with the Serbian people, after “these conditions that found me in Australia”.
He said their support showed “that this connection will be like this forever”.
He promised to cover his side of the story “in more detail”, but told President Vuτςiτς: “I wanted to see you first of all because as a citizen of Serbia I felt a great need to thank you for your great support. me as President of Serbia.
“Even though I was alone in detention in Australia and faced many problems and challenges, I did not feel alone.
“You have stood and stood behind me and put yourself in a compromising political position, in the context of international relations, and for that I am extremely grateful. I will remember this.”
President Vuτςiτς greeted κοokovi ότι for “glorifying our country”, although he admitted that when he received a call from the tennis star to give the news of his detention, he urged him to leave the country.
“And then I saw how persistent he is, how much he wanted to play, to play on the field, to show on the field how ready he is to play not only for himself but also for his country and to show that he is better than others. » Vuτςiτς explained.
Djokovic arrived in Melbourne in early January but was deported ahead of the Australian Open after a federal court upheld Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s decision to cancel his visa.
The unvaccinated star and Tennis Australia believed the Serb was eligible for a medical exemption to enter the country and compete because he was infected with Covid-19 in December.
A backlash erupted when news of Djokovic’s release was posted on Instagram and he was detained at Tullamarine Airport upon arrival and then spent time in a hotel as his last legal challenge to stay in Australia failed.
“For the media, I would like to add that since I did not advertise publicly about the events in Australia, this is the first time I have been in public,” Djokovic said last night.
He urged, “please be patient.”
He said that in the next 7-10 days he would deal with the situation “in more detail with my own version of the story of everything that happened in Australia”.
Djokovic’s expulsion meant he could not claim the 10th crown at the Australian Open and overtake Nadal and Roger Federer in the list of the most important winners of all time.
The Big Three tied at 20 grand slams each at the start of the year before Nadal took the lead in Melbourne when he beat Medvedev in an exciting five-set final.
President Vuτςiτς murmured about κοokovi., Telling the media “someone special and bigger than all of us is here today”.
“Thank you for representing our country with honor, courage and in the best way and for doing so in the future. “Thank you for the great fight you gave in Australia,” Vucic said.
A statement from the president’s office said, “The ladies were specially groomed and all this shows that someone special and much older has come.”
“It has never happened that we have so many people in the building, all the secretaries, all the accountants, all the cooks, all the janitors came because they wanted to see Novak.
“He will beat them all, at Roland Garros, at Wimbledon and at the US Open. I predict it “.
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