Rome Masters boss: Novak Djokovic is controversial character

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Rome Masters boss: Novak Djokovic is controversial character

Rome Masters tournament director Sergio Palmieri described Novak Djokovic as a "controversial character" and as someone who has a "very strong personality." After 10 long days in Australia, the Djokovic drama reached its end after the world No.

1 lost his Australia visa appeal and left the country. "He is a controversial character, he takes a stand and he puts himself out there. Certainly he is not an example for young people approaching this sport, from this point of view he has not reached Rafa and Roger's stature," Palmieri said, as revealed by Adam Addicott.

"I have a long-standing relationship with Novak and he is a different person from the one he appears to be from the outside. He has a very strong personality and he will overcome this challenge."

'Djokovic welcome to Rome if he's willing to comply with the rules'

"It's up to him, if he were to sign up and be compliant with all the rules we will have no problems to accept him and no reason not to do si," Palmire said on Djokovic playing Rome.

After losing his Australia visa appeal, Djokovic accepted the court's decision and left the country.

"I would like to make a brief statement to address the outcome's of today's Court hearing, I will now be taking some time to rest and recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this," Djokovic said in a statement.

"I'm extremely disappointed with the Court ruling to discuss my application for judicial review of the Minister's decision to cancel my visa, which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open.

"I respect the Court's ruling and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country. "I'm uncomfortable that the focus of the past weeks has been on me and I hope that we can all now focus on the game and tournament I love, I would like to wish the players, tournament officials, staff, volunteers and fans all the best for the tournament."