Novak Djokovic court case LIVE updates: Serbian tennis star to play in 2022 Australian Open after visa cancellation overturned

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Novak Djokovic press conference under way

By Latika Bourke

Hello, Latika Bourke taking over the blog as we await Novak Djokovic’s first comments since the sensational decision to revoke his visa – which he successfully had overturned in the Federal Circuit Court.

Networks around the world are waiting for Djokovic to speak, including state-owned Tanjug in his native Serbia.

Novak tweets first comment following court victory

By Latika Bourke

Novak Djokovic has just issued his first comments since the saga began.

He wrote on Twitter that he wants to stay in Australia and compete in the Open and published a photograph of himself holding a tennis racquet, surrounded by three men, likely his coaching team, standing on a blue tennis court at Melbourne Park.

Earlier his family, speaking in Belgrade, said he had just been to the courts to train.

Massive win for the freedom-loving world, says Djokovic’s father

By Staff Reporters

Srdjan Djokovic, Novak’s father, is now speaking at the news conference in Belgrade.

“He wouldn’t allow anyone to bring him to his knees… He is a mental giant, a fantastic young man who has never hurt anyone, he has always been in good relations with all and always tried to help.

“But obviously the fact he was from a small, poor country was not liked by some powerful people … they didn’t like that someone from a small country could be the best in their bourgeois sport.”

He hit out at the Australian authorities.

“They tried to make him sign that he was renouncing the visa so he could be deported,” he said.

“They wouldn’t let him talk to his lawyers and his team… Thankfully they returned his phone after a few hours and he was in contact with his legal team, who prepared a fantastic legal defence.

“This is a massive win for him and the entire freedom-loving world.”

‘The biggest victory of his career’: Djokovic’s mum

By Staff Reporters

Speaking at the media conference under way in Belgrade, Dijana Djokovic, Novak’s mother, says the result in the Federal Circuit Court on Monday was the biggest victory of her son’s career.

“Novak stood up against the system and the government … he had arrived to win that tournament,” she said.

“Never so far had we faced a situation like this. This situation is very difficult for us and for five to six days we tried to fight for him.”

She said the family faced many difficult moments when they did not know how Novak felt after his phone was taken away.

“I would like to thank all the people of the world who lent him support. That gave him energy to fight to the end. Our people lent him support through dance and song in front of the hotel which he heard but he could not see,” she said.

“Thank God that God exists. This is the biggest victory in his career, bigger than all of his grand slams.”

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Djokovic’s family: ‘Truth and justice have been served’

By Staff Reporters

Djordje Djokovic, Novak’s brother, and his mother Diana are speaking to the media in Belgrade.

Novak’s youngest brother told the media: “Truth and justice have been served.”

“We would like to thank the justice system of Australia and Judge Kelly who led the case very neutrally, and considered every fact from Novak’s visa application, mistreatment and the court process,” he said.

“We would like to thank them for the fair and correct hearing as they were under immense pressure as the entire world was watching.

“Novak is free. He was at tennis courts a minute ago. He trained. He went to Australia to play tennis … to try to win one more Australian Open and break the record.”

Novak ‘defeated Australia’ says Serbian Athletics boss

By Staff Reporters

Veselin Jevrosimovic, president of the Athletic Association of Serbia, wrote on Twitter “Novak Djokovic defeated Australia”.

Jevrosimovic posted to Twitter an image of a jubilant Djokovic standing on Australia captioned “Pobeda,” which means “victory.”

“He is the absolute winner of the Australian Open, regardless of the final decision,” Mr Veselinovic wrote.

“These days, many have been racing to try him before the court.

“What is surely even bigger than this victory is that he managed to drive all the rats to the surface.”

Novak Djokovic press conference under way

By Latika Bourke

Hello, Latika Bourke taking over the blog as we await Novak Djokovic’s first comments since the sensational decision to revoke his visa – which he successfully had overturned in the Federal Circuit Court.

Networks around the world are waiting for Djokovic to speak, including state-owned Tanjug in his native Serbia.

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‘Justice has spoken’: Nadal speaks out on Djokovic’s case

By Staff reporters

Rafael Nadal has told Spanish radio Onda Cero that “justice has spoken” in the Djokovic case.

“Regardless of whether or not you agree with Djokovic on some things, justice has spoken,” Nadal said.

He joked that on a personal level he would prefer Djokovic not to play, but he wished his great rival “all the best”.

Nadal criticised a “media circus” that formed around certain controversial decisions and said everything was much better “when the best players are on the court competing.”

Nadal spoke to journalist Carlos Alsina, ‘Mas de uno’ show, Onda Cero radio station.

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‘God forgive them’: Djokovic’s brother’s girlfriend takes to social media to support tennis star

By Staff reporters

Saska Veselinov, the girlfriend of Novak Djokovic’s youngest brother, Djordje, took to social media to express support for the tennis star.

In an Instagram post, Ms Veselinov wrote: “God forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”.

She said Djokovic had been her idol since childhood and now support for the tennis champion was coming from all corners of the world.

“Are you aware how much Novak’s case affects all of us on this planet Earth? This is not a question of sport, faith or nationality, this is not a question of money, this is the question of our future. Our right to freedom, right to choose,” Ms Veselinov wrote.

“Do you realise how they have tried to frighten us, detain us in the last few years by not giving us more options? How they are trying to forcefully deny us our right to decide about our own lives?

“The man who helped the entire world when help was needed… Is that the way to treat a man, a humanitarian, a country’s diplomat, the best tennis player in the world? I believe in God and justice, that side always wins in the end. #westandwithnovak,” Ms Veselinov wrote.

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Djokovic to speak via video link at family press conference

By Paul Sakkal

Novak Djokovic is preparing to make public comments in the next few hours after he won his court case and had his visa cancellation quashed by an Australian court.

A press conference by Novak Djokovic’s family, which was scheduled for 10pm AEST, has been moved to midnight AEST, Serbian media are reporting.

His father, Srdjan Djokovic, confirmed for BBC Serbia that his son would address the media via video link.

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