Novak Djokovic 'welcome' to play in 2023 Australian Open pending government approval

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After missing out on the 2022 Australian Open due to his vaccination status, tennis star Novak Djokovic might have the ability to complete in the competition next year. Australian Open director Craig Tiley stated that Djokovic would be welcome at the occasion in 2023, according to Insider.

Back in January, Djokovic was deported from Australia ahead of the competition due to the fact that he was not immunized versus COVID-19. At the minute, Djokovic is disallowed from returning to the nation till 2025, unless he has the ability to work something out with the federal government.

Tiley stated that, if Djokovic and the Australian federal government can reach some type of arrangement, Djokovic will be enabled to take part in the Australian Open.

“At this point, Novak and the federal government need to work out the situation and then we’ll follow any instruction after that,” Tiley stated. “It’s not a matter we can lobby on. It’s a matter that definitely stays between the two of them and then depending on the outcome of that we would welcome him to the Australian Open.”

The problem for Djokovic is that Australian Shadow Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews isn’t keen on making an exception for the tennis super star.

“It would be a slap in the face for those people in Australia who did the right thing… if all of a sudden, Novak Djokovic is allowed back into the country, simply because he is a high-ranking tennis player with many millions of dollars,” Andrews informed ABC Radio Melbourne.

In 2022, Djokovic was required to miss out on the Australian Open and the U.S. Open due to his vaccination status. He did participate in the French Open and Wimbledon, winning the latter.



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