Novak Djokovic Can’t Forget Australian Deportation

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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