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Novak Djokovic is delighted to receive an exemption to compete at the Australian Open

Novak Djokovic is delighted to receive an exemption to compete at the Australian Open

Novak Djokovic is welcome at Australian Open, says tournament director; Russian and Belarusian players can compete

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic says he is pleased to be awarded an exemption to compete at the Australian Open this month.

Djokovic has lived in Australia since 2004, but has won the U.S Open, U.S Masters, Open Era Championships, and Australian Open titles.

He would love to join the growing crowd of players awarded a special visa which allows them to compete in the Australian Open.

A number of players have been granted visas to compete at the Australian Open, with more expected to be given the green light for the tournament starting on 18 January.

Djokovic, who won the Australian Open this year for the first time and has won all four Grand Slam titles including the Australian Open and the U.S Open over the past six seasons, said he is keen to compete.

He said: “I’m thrilled to receive an exemption. I’ve been to Australia a few times and just love the place.

“I’ve spent a lot of time there. I will never take the opportunity to take advantage of it and I’ll never say yes until the tournament starts (on 17 January).

“There could be more players than the ones who just received an exemption to go to Australia. I will not take it for granted at all.

“My aim is to go there, compete and do my best, and take it all for granted afterwards.

“I’m definitely going to be there. When and where I’m going to be there I will have to wait and see.”

The Australian Open is one of the four Grand Slam tournaments on the men’s schedule and it has a long history.

Cricket legend Kevin Pietersen has said he will travel to Australia in his capacity as chairman to present the A.C. Edwards Award, which is one of the major awards for Australians who make an outstanding contribution to their country’s sport.

He is expected to be in Melbourne for the awards ceremony, which is likely to take place on 15 January.


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