Novak Djokovic is free to play in the Australian Open

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic has won his case, to be immediately released

Judge Anthony Kelly has quashed the cancellation of Novak Djokovic’s visa – the world tennis number one will be allowed to stay in Australia and have his passport returned to him. He must be released from immigration detention immediately.

Judge Anthony Kelly reads out a minute agreed to by both the government and Djokovic, where he quashes the decision to cancel Novak Djokovic’s visa, orders government to pay costs, and for Djokovic to be released from detention in 30 minutes with his passport and personal effects released to him.

Novak Djokovic has won the Australian Open a record nine times in his career, including the last three editions of the Melbourne Grand Slam.

Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have all won 20 Grand Slam titles – the most of any men’s player.

Djokovic has often spoken of his desire to surpass his two great rivals and go clear as the most decorated men’s player of all time.

He missed out on Grand Slam number 21 at the US Open last year, where he was beaten by Daniil Medvedev.

Djokovic now has his chance.