34-year-old men’s world number one tennis superstar Novak Djokovic resumed training for the Australian Open and said he is still hoping to compete in the Australian Open after winning a stunning victory over the Australian government in his visa battle.

The ruling by a judge in Melbourne overturned the cancellation of Djokovic’s visa on Covid-19 health grounds, and ended the unvaccinated player’s detention in an immigration facility, potentially clearing the way for him to play in the tournament that starts next Monday.

Djokovic tweeted from Melbourne: “Despite all that has happened, I want to stay and try to compete for the Australian Open. I remain focused on that.”

Djokovic posted a photo on social media showing him on the court in tennis gear in Melbourne with coach Goran Ivanisevic and other members of his support staff.

Rafael Nadal, one of Djokovic’s main rivals for the title, said “it is the fairest thing” for his rival to play in the Australian Open. “Regardless of whether or not I agree on some things with Djokovic, without any doubt, justice has spoken,” Nadal told a Spanish radio station.

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