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Novak Djokovic's Mum Says This Is The 'Biggest Win Of His Career' Following Visa Row

Rebecca Shepherd

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Novak Djokovic's Mum Says This Is The 'Biggest Win Of His Career' Following Visa Row

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Novak Djokovic's family have held a press conference where they have called the court battle the 'biggest win in his career'.

The tennis ace, 34, has recently managed to overturn the cancellation of his Australian visa so that he will be able to play at the Australian Open.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

Now, during a press conference, Djokovic's mum Dijana thanked everyone for 'standing up' and 'supporting' him, adding: "Thank God there is still God, there is still justice and justice has prevailed today and he had been freed and been released.

"I think this is the biggest win in his career. It's bigger than any of the Grand Slams."

She went on to say: "He has done nothing wrong, he hasn’t broken any of their laws. He has been subject to harassment.

“He fought against the system and the government because he had the right to be there. Never before have we faced a situation like this."

Novak Djokovic with brother Djordje Djokovic. Credit: REUTERS/Alamy Stock Photo
Novak Djokovic with brother Djordje Djokovic. Credit: REUTERS/Alamy Stock Photo

Djokovic’s brother Djordje added: “Novak is free – a few moments ago he trained on a tennis court.

“He went to Australia to play tennis, to try to win another Australian Open and to win a record that he has been chasing for so many years.

“Novak is an athlete, he is the best tennis player of all time. Everything he supports in his life is to live up to his principles and ideals.

“He has been branded in different ways for many years but he has always supported freedom of choice, and that’s all, nothing else.”

Following the court hearing, Djokovic broke his silence on social media and tweeted to say he's now 'focused' on competing in the Open, writing: "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."

He continued: "For now I cannot say more but THANK YOU all for standing with me through all this and encouraging me to stay strong."

Despite his victory in court, the Australian government still has the power to cancel his visa.

Minister for Immigration, Alex Hawke, is still considering whether to exercise a personal power of cancellation of Djokovic’s visa in a process that could drag on for a number of days.

A spokesman for Minister Hawke said: “Following today’s Federal Circuit and Family Court determination on a procedural ground, it remains within Immigration Minister Hawke’s discretion to consider cancelling Mr Djokovic’s visa under his personal power of cancellation within section 133C(3) of the Migration Act.

“The Minister is currently considering the matter and the process remains ongoing.”

Topics: News, Sport

Rebecca Shepherd
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