Novak Djokovic opens up on much-anticipated return to Australian Open


Novak Djokovic has underlined that he is not holding any grudges against the Australian Open and that he is very excited about returning to Melbourne Park.

Djokovic, a record nine-time Australian Open champion, was denied participation in the 2022 Australian Open.

Also 12 months ago, Djokovic was detained and ultimately deported from Australia.

In late 2022, the Australian government rescinded Djokovic’s three-year ban from entering the country. 

“I don’t hold any grudges. I told you I had far many more positive experiences in Australia to throw that away just because of what happened last year,” Djokovic said ahead of the Australian Open, per Tennis Majors.

Djokovic: The Australian Open is the biggest reason why I’m here

In late December, Djokovic arrived in Adelaide.

This past week, Djokovic made a triumphant return to Australia after beating Sebastian Korda in the Adelaide final 6-7 (8) 7-6 (3) 6-4.

In Adelaide, Djokovic clinched five wins.

Going into the Australian Open, Djokovic isn’t lacking confidence or matches.

Now, Djokovic has set his eyes on winning a record 10th Australian Open title.

“I couldn’t ask for a better preparation and lead-up to Australian Open. Of course, Australian Open is the biggest reason why I’m here in Australia, but at the same time I want to win every tournament I play on, regardless of the level of the tournament. I love playing in Australia. I mean, my results are a testament to that. I wouldn’t be able to play so well in a place where I don’t feel well. I look forward to Melbourne. Rod Laver is probably my most — not probably, it certainly is my most successful court in my career. I love playing there. I look forward to it. I have a week off for recovery now and working on specific things in terms of my game, my body, getting my mind in the right state for the best-of-five and two long weeks hopefully,” Djokovic said.

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