Novak Djokovic will be granted visa to play in 2023 Australian Open

After missing out on the 2022 Australian Open due to his unvaccinated status, Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic will have the ability to take part in 2023. Djokovic will be given a visa to go into the nation, the Australian federal government validated on Wednesday

Australian migration minister Andrew Giles has actually selected to reverse the choice to restriction Djokovic for 3 years, which took place when he was deported prior to the 2022 Australian Open. In a declaration to the Associated Press, Giles validated that Djokovic would get a short-lived visa to go into Australia.

Djokovic likewise launched a declaration on the choice, and the Serbian tennis star stated he was eliminated to learn that he might play in next year’s competition, which will start on Jan. 16.

“I was very happy to receive the news yesterday,” Djokovic stated. “It was a relief, obviously, knowing what I and the people closest to me in my life have been through this year with what happened in Australia and post-Australia. Australian Open has been my most successful Grand Slam. I made some of the best memories there. Of course, I want to go back there, I want to play tennis, do what I do best, hopefully have a great Australian summer.”

At the time of Djokovic’s initial restriction, previous migration minister Alex Hawke picked to cancel Djokovic’s visa due to the fact that enabling him to play while unvaccinated might trigger “civil unrest.” Since then, the nation has actually raised its requirement that all visitors need to be immunized.

In October, Australian Open director Craig Tiley stated that Djokovic would be “welcome” at the occasion in 2023, as long as the federal government authorized his visa.

“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.”

Djokovic won the Australian Open in 2021 — his ninth title in Melbourne, however he was unable to safeguard his title in 2022. Instead, Rafael Nadal won the competition for the 2nd time in his profession.

While he wasn’t able to play in the Australian Open or the United States Open in 2022, Djokovic was qualified to play in the French Open and Wimbledon, and he fared rather well in both competitions. Djokovic lost to Nadal in the quarterfinals of the French Open, and he won his seventh Wimbledon title.

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