Stakhovsky rips report suggesting Djokovic found himself in uncomfortable spot at AO

Former world No. 31 Sergiy Stakhovsky blasted a report suggesting Novak Djokovic found himself in an uncomfortable spot while at the gym at Melbourne Park.

Total bs .. was warming up for my match in the same gym. Find better gossipers🤷🏻‍♂️

— Sergiy Stakhovsky (@Stako_tennis) January 11, 2022

Djokovic’s visa was cancelled by the Australian Border Force upon his arrival to Australia.

Djokovic was then transported to an immigration hotel, where he spent the next few days.

Djokovic appealed the decision and on Monday won his case in court. 

After Djokovic’s visa reinstated, he left detention and arrived at Melbourne Park. 

Djokovic was ‘pleased and grateful’

“I am pleased and grateful that the Judge overturned my visa cancellation. Despite all that has happened in the past week, I want to stay and to try to compete at the Australian Open.  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.  For now I cannot say more but THANK YOU for standing with me through all this and encouraging me to stay strong,” Djokovic said in an Instagram post. 

Boris Becker, who coached Djokovic for several years, expects the Serb to receive a hostile reception at the Australian Open. 

However, Becker feels Djokovic will ultimately find a way to win the hearts of the Melbourne crowd. 

“I’m sure there will be a couple of boos and whistles, but he’s used to that,” Becker told the BBC, as quoted on The Telegraph.

“He was always a street fighter who had to fight the odds and win over the crowd, and it was fascinating in last year’s US Open final when they finally embraced him.

“The crowd will be difficult with him but with each match he starts, he will win the crowd and they will embrace him again. But he is going to have a difficult first week.”

Djokovic returns to Melbourne Park as a defending champion as he seeks a record 10th Australian Open title.

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