Novak Djokovic “cannot neglect” the way it felt to be deported from Australia earlier this yr however the Serb mentioned his willingness to return for subsequent month’s Grand Slam reveals the depth of feeling he has for the nation.
Djokovic was deported on the eve of the 2022 Australian Open in January for not being vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19 and obtained a three-year journey ban from the nation.
Nevertheless, the previous world No 1’s visa ban was waived in November, opening up the trail for Djokovic to focus on a tenth Australian Open crown and giving him an opportunity to tie Rafa Nadal’s mark of twenty-two Grand Slam titles.
“You may’t neglect these occasions, it is a type of issues that persist with you,” mentioned Djokovic in his first information convention since returning to Australia.
“It stays with you for the remainder of your life. It is one thing I’ve by no means skilled earlier than and hopefully by no means once more, however it’s a invaluable life expertise for me.
“However I’ve to maneuver on and coming again to Australia speaks about how I really feel about this nation and the way I really feel about enjoying right here.”
Djokovic will heat up for the Australian Open by enjoying within the Adelaide Worldwide beginning on January 1 and he’s hoping for a heat reception from native followers.
“It is an important place and the individuals in Adelaide, and usually in Australia, love tennis, love sports activities and it is a sporting nation so hopefully we will have lots of people watching and we will have an excellent time,” Djokovic mentioned.
“I am hoping every part goes to be constructive. Clearly, it is not one thing that I can predict. I will do my greatest to play some good tennis and convey good feelings and good emotions to the gang.”
Djokovic mentioned his total expertise in Australia had not been soured by what occurred in January.
“What occurred 12 months in the past was not straightforward to digest for a while however on the similar time I needed to transfer on,” Djokovic added.
“These circumstances won’t substitute what I’ve lived in Melbourne and in Australia all through my total profession.
“So I include constructive feelings and I actually look ahead to enjoying there. It has been my favorite Grand Slam, the outcomes show that.”