Novak Djokovic admitted Thursday that being deported from Australia was an experience he will never forget, but it was time to move on, as he enjoyed a warm welcome in Adelaide.

“It’s one of those things that sticks with you, stays with you for, I guess, the rest of your life,” Djokovic said in his first comments since arriving for Adelaide International.

“As I said, (it’s) something that I’ve never experienced before and hopefully never again.

“But it is a valuable life experience for me and something that will stay there, but I have to move on.

“Coming back to Australia speaks to how I feel about this country, how I feel about playing here.”

Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley said this week he hoped local fans would embrace Djokovic’s return, and the nine-time Australian Open champion said he had so far felt no animosity.

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