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Novak Djokovic, Australian Open, crowd reaction, anti-vaccination, pressure

Serena Williams’ former coach believes Novak Djokovic will carry “big emotional baggage” into this year’s Australian Open.

Djokovic was infamously deported from Australia in 2022 for his refusal to be vaccinated against Covid-19, but a change in biosecurity laws paved the way for his return to the country.

After winning his opening singles match in Adelaide on Tuesday, Djokovic expressed gratitude to the crowd for its warm reception of him, admitting he had been nervous how they would receive him.

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Speaking to Eurosport, Mouratoglou said Djokovic still faced some considerable barriers to claim his 10th Australian Open crown.

“It‘s going to be tough for Novak in Australia,…

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