Tennis - World No. 2 Novak Djokovic has won a lawsuit against the State of Rio de Janeiro and will receive about R $3 million, according to GlobeSports. The Attorney General's Office recognized the existing debt and decided not to appeal the decision.
The Serbian demanded the fulfilment of a contract made in 2012 that resulted in a loss of US $650,000 for him. The decision was taken at the 14th Public Finance Court in Rio de Janeiro and published on Wednesday by the Rio de Janeiro State Court of Justice.
Djokovic was invited to Rio de Janeiro in 2012 by the state government for a series of activities, including inaugurating courts in social projects, playing a friendly match against Gustavo Kuerten, in Maracanãzinho, and participating in a festive football game.
He was scheduled to receive $ 1.1 million divided into three instalments by the government but so far, only two payments totaling $450,000 were made. The judgment read, 'In view of the above, THE MONITORAL REQUEST PROCEEDS, constituting, in full right, the judicial enforcement order, in the amount of R $ 2,993,556.05 (two million, nine hundred and ninety-three thousand, five hundred and fifty-six reais and five cents), plus monetary restatement as of the update promoted in pdf.
736, and interest on arrears from the summons.' Djokovic is currently in Australia for the Australian Open in Melbourne where he is seeded No. 2 He is the seven-time champion at Melbourne and is aiming to win the 17th Grand Slam title of his career.
His main rivals will include World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, of Spain, and World No. 3 Roger Federer, of Switzerland. He plays Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round of the tournament.