Twelve months after his refusal to be vaccinated for Covid-19 saw him deported from Australia, Novak Djokovic is back at the Australian Open in the hunt for a tenth title – and the chance to equal Rafael Nadal’s men’s record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles.
And it’s fair to say he’s happy to be back.
His first taste of action in Melbourne came on Friday night, where was all smiles as he faced off with Nick Kyrgios in a charity event.
On Saturday, he told media: “I was very emotional honestly coming into the court because, as I said on the on-court interview, with the reception that I received, I didn’t know how that’s going to go like after events of last year. I’m very grateful for the kind of energy and reception, love and support I got last night.”
He was immediately asked about an interview with 9 News recently where he said: “I was really drawn into a storm in…