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The world number one scored a surprise courtroom victory the day before, overturning the Australian government's decision to cancel his visa on Covid-19 vaccination grounds.The 34-year-old Serbian ace says he is determined to stay in Melbourne and compete in the Australian Open, which starts on January 17.Wearing a t-shirt and shorts, he limbered up in a gym on Tuesday accompanied by coach Goran Ivanisevic before heading to centre court, AFP journalists saw.Djokovic, a nine-time Australian Open champion, jetted into the country on January 5 carrying a medical exemption from vaccination due to a positive coronavirus test on December 16 last year. "I am not vaccinated," Djokovic had told the border official, according to a transcript released by the court.He expressed bewilderment that his exemption, approved by two medical panels in Australia, was not accepted.The government insists that a recent infection does not count as an exemption.The government had surrendered after conceding that Djokovic's airport interview was "unreasonable" because the player had not been given the promised time to respond.Doubts emerged Tuesday over the accuracy of Djokovic's visa declaration, reportedly filled out before he flew in from Spain.There appears to be evidence he then travelled from Belgrade to Spain for the New Year period.Then, three days before arriving in Australia, Djokovic was pictured by local newspaper Diario Sur playing at the Puente Romano club in Marbella, where he was staying in a villa.As Djokovic practised in Melbourne Park, some fans said he should be allowed to play."All I know is he came here, and then we turned him back when he got here. So, it's kind of unfair.""He will cop a fair bit of abuse, I reckon, when he plays just from the fans in general, but I hope a few people get behind him," Ovadia said.- 'Let him play' -Tennis great Martina Navratilova said she believed Djokovic should be allowed to stay: "Though I disagree with not getting vaccinated; at the end of the day it seems Novak did play by the rules as they were for the exemption and was burned. Let him play."Voracova left Australia after her visa was cancelled and described her experience as "the darkest dream"."I'm not thinking about tennis. I'm still waking up from the shock, I haven't processed it yet. I'm exhausted," Voracova told the Denik newspaper….

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