DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic on Thursday received a warm welcome in Dubai, where he visited the world's fair following the global drama around his decision to remain unvaccinated.
After being twice detained and deported from Australia ahead of the year's first Grand Slam Tournament last month, Djokovic was in the United Arab Emirates for the Duty Free Tennis Championships.
"I'm excited to go out on the tennis court next Monday," he said when asked by The Associated Press how he feels after the recent twists and turns of the legal dispute over his travel visa. "I miss tennis honestly after everything that has happened."
Djokovic this week doubled down on his decision to stay unvaccinated. The No. 1-ranked tennis player said he would skip the French Open, Wimbledon and other tournaments if he was required to get a coronavirus vaccine to compete.
The government of Dubai does not require visitors to be vaccinated to enter. The men's tennis tour event begins next week.