Wild scenes as jubilant Novak Djokovic fans erupt in cheers


Wild scenes as jubilant Novak Djokovic fans erupt in cheers outside the Federal Court after their tennis hero WON the right to stay in Australia

  • Fans have celebrated outside after Novak Djokovic’s visa ruling overturned  


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Jubilant Novak Djokovic fans have erupted in cheers outside Australia’s Federal Court after his visa cancellation was overturned ahead of the Australian Open tennis grand slam.

The 34-year-old tennis world No.1 was ordered to be freed from immigration detention at Melbourne’s Park Hotel – where he has been since Thursday – by no later than 5.46pm on Monday.

Australian Border Force officers first stopped Djokovic at the Melbourne airport last Wednesday evening, questioning him at length directly after he has stepped off a 25-hour plane flight.

Central to the tennis stars court win was the fact he was not given adequate time to consult with his legal team after he was notified Border Force officials intended to cancel his visa.

A large crowd of supporters, many dressed in Serbia’s colours and waving the flag of Djokovic’s home country, erupted in celebration outside the court as the decision became known on Monday afternoon. 

Fans of Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic react to news of his overturned ruling outside Federal Court ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne (pictured)

Fans of Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic react to news of his overturned ruling outside Federal Court ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne (pictured)

Fans of Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic react to news of his overturned ruling outside Federal Court ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne (pictured) 

There had been fans stationed outside Melbourne’s Park Hotel for days – many from the local Serbian community – showing their support for their national hero with banners and placards.

Djokovic is now cleared to play in the Australian Open – where he will be battling for his tenth title – which is set to kick off in just days on January 17.  

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