Australian Open 2023: Novak Djokovic….

Novak Djokovic has launched an impassioned defense of his role in last year’s Australian Open deportation drama, saying he entered the country lawfully and was “just following the rules” with his vaccination exemption.

In Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open and chasing a 10th title, the former world No. 1 took aim at the media on several occasions.

“A lot of people still have a misconception about what happened,” Djokovic said in an exclusive interview on Wednesday channel nine.

Novak Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic.Credit:AP

The Serb alluded to being singled out by Australian authorities after others linked to the Australian Open were allowed to enter the country.

“[There were] two or three other people who came to Australia 10 days before me with exactly the same exemption as me,” Djokovic said.

“I was just following the rules. My exemption was reviewed by an independent body and a panel of doctors.

“I came with all valid papers. Everything got out of hand and then I was labeled with this or that.

“And it [the saga] was so big in the media that I couldn’t resist it, and I didn’t want to get involved with it.

“[With] with the amount of pressure and craziness going around I just wanted out and back home.”

Djokovic was interviewed by Todd Woodbridge.

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