(Worthy News) – Novak Djokovic returned to the tennis court Monday after winning a legal battle to stay in Australiadespite opposing COVID-19 vaccines amid a broader fight against the country’s harsh coronavirus restrictions and alleged torture.
The 34-year old tennis star hoped to play in the Australian Open after his exemption from strict vaccine rules, but the government still threatened to cancel his visa and deport him.
The unvaccinated Djokovic was freed after being confined to an immigration hotel for four nights. “I’m pleased and grateful that the judge overturned my visa cancellation,” he wrote near a photo of himself and his team on the court at the Rod Laver Arena, where he won a record nine men’s singles titles. “Despite all that has happened, I want to stay and try to compete at the Australian Open.”