World number one Novak Djokovic stated his intention of remaining in Australia and participating at next week’s Australian Open after successfully overturning a government decision to cancel his visa.
“I’m pleased and grateful that the Judge overturned my visa cancellation. Despite all that has happened, I want to stay and try to compete @AustralianOpen. I remain focused on that. I flew here to play at one of the most important events we have in front of the amazing fans,” Djokovic wrote on Twitter.
“For now I cannot say more but thank you all for standing with me through all this and encouraging me to stay strong.”
Djokovic also posted a photo showing him on a tennis court, suggesting that he had begun training ahead of the year’s first Grand Slam.
Djokovic’s brother, Djordje, appeared to confirm that the 34-year-old had indeed taken to the court even as he dismissed media reports that the 34-year-old had been arrested by authorities following the court hearing earlier on Monday.
“Novak is free. A few minutes ago, he trained on a tennis court. He came to Australia to play tennis, to try and win another Australian Open,” Djordje told journalists.
The Australian Open will take place from January 17-30 and Djokovic, should he stay, will be aiming to win the tournament for a 10th time and become the outright winner of the most number of men’s Grand Slams (21).
Immigration minister Alex Hawke, meanwhile, is considering whether to exercise a personal power of cancelling the visa in light of the court ruling, according to his spokesman.
(Story compiled with assistance from wire reports)