Djokovic Wins First Singles Match In Australia Since Deportation In 2022

Novak Djokovic cruised through his first singles match in Australia 

since being deported last year with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Constant Lestienne at the Adelaide International 1 on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old Serb was deported on the eve of the 2022 Australian Open for not being vaccinated against COVID-19 

received a three-year travel ban for the country, which was waived in November.

After being well received by fans during a rare doubles appearance on Monday, Djokovic began his preparations for the Jan. 

16-29 Australian Open against world number 65 Lestienne by racing through the opening set.

The 21-times Grand Slam champion turned up the heat on his French opponent with a double break to go 4-0 up