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Novak Djokovic Saga Captured By Netflix Cameras For 'Drive To Survive' Style Docuseries

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Novak Djokovic Saga Captured By Netflix Cameras For 'Drive To Survive' Style Docuseries

Novak Djokovic's entire Australian Open visa saga could be played out in a Netflix docuseries, with the tennis tour following F1's Drive to Survive show this year.

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Djokovic's problems in getting into Australia, and his continued attempts to stay there, have been well documented by news outlets across the world.

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The Serb is set to take part in the first Grand Slam of the year, as it currently stands, but plenty could still transpire between now and Sunday, when it starts.

Fans have seen lots of the news coming from Australia but they could get to see some of the drama, with crews already in the country to film for a Netflix docuseries, according to the Daily Mail, which will likely air at the end of this year or the start of 2023.

The series will follow both the men's and women's tours this year, as well as the four Slams, after rare agreement across all three organising bodies in the sport.

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Tennis' version of the Formula One's extremely popular docuseries will be made by some of the same people, which suggests it could be just as entertaining.

Drive to Survive has been hugely successful in bringing people across to the sport who previously hadn't watched it and the drama continued at the end of the 2021 F1 season, which will no doubt only mean more people watching the documentary.

The new tennis season will have access to the locker rooms, treatment areas and player's lounges and we'll no doubt get one-on-one interviews with players throughout, as with Drive to Survive.

It's unlikely that the drama will get much more heated than the start of the year in tennis for the documentary makers, as the Djokovic story will be hard to top.

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Fans protested for Djokovic's release. Image: PA Images
Fans protested for Djokovic's release. Image: PA Images

It kicked off initially with the world number one announcing that he'd been given an exemption to his vaccine, after months of speculation over whether he'd be allowed to play in Australia.

On arrival the defending Australian Open champion found out he wasn't allowed into the country due to an issue with his visa, but that was overturned by a judge.

There has been further complications over a positive test in December, after he was pictured at events on the two days following said test.

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He is now set to face fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round, but he could still have his visa cancelled and be sent home, if it's decided he falsified information on his visa application.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Formula 1, Novak Djokovic, Tennis, Australian Open

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