Novak Djokovic: Netflix Is Filming Behind-The-Scenes Documentary At Dramatic Australian Open

Joe Harker

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Netflix is reportedly working on an upcoming documentary that will capture all of the drama around Novak Djokovic ahead of the Australian Open.

Djokovic is gearing up for an attempt to win his tenth Australian Open title, despite uncertainty over whether he will be deported following the confusion and controversy surrounding his visa and medical exemption.

He first received his visa to enter Australia on November 18, and was later awarded a medical exemption from the country’s usual rules that entrants must be double-jabbed against Covid-19, on the grounds that he had caught the virus in December.

However, the tennis star was detained and had his visa cancelled upon arrival in Australia, spending five days in immigration detention in Melbourne before he was able to win his appeal against the decision.

Luckily for us, all of the behind-the-scenes drama will end up on Netflix, as the streaming giant is filming a documentary series following the 2022 tennis tour.

Novak Djokovic (Alamy)Alamy

The docuseries is being made by London-based Box To Box Films, MailOnline reports, and its executive producer is James Gay Rees, who was behind Netflix’s popular Formula 1: Drive to Survive.

It is also being supported by both the men’s and women’s tours, as well as the four Grand Slams, with the organisations hoping that tennis will receive a boost in popularity, as F1 did following the release of Drive To Survive.

According to reports, the crew will have full access to behind-the-scenes areas such as the locker rooms and treatment areas, if consent is granted, as well as player lounges.

Novak Djokovic. (Alamy)Alamy

It may be all we see of Djokovic at the Australian Open this year, as BBC News reports that Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is still considering using his powers to revoke the 34-year-old’s visa on the basis that the tennis star misled border police.

Djokovic has admitted that he broke isolation rules in his native Serbia by meeting people when he knew he was positive with the coronavirus, and that he had not been honest when he claimed on his travel forms he had not been to any other country in the 14 days before entering Australia.

The 34-year-old has publicly stated his opposition to vaccinations, and has not been jabbed against coronavirus.

Novak Djokovic (Alamy)Alamy

Any decision on Djokovic’s status in Australia will need to be made soon, as his first round match against fellow Serbian Mionir Kecmanovic is due to be played on Monday, January 17.

If he wins the Australian Open it will be the 10th time in his career he has done so, and would bring his total of Grand Slam titles to 21, surpassing both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic, Federer and Nadal are currently tied for first place in the men’s all-time Grand Slam singles titles.

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Topics: Film and TV, Australia, Australian Open, Documentary, Netflix, Novak Djokovic, Now, Tennis, Vaccination


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