Australian media had spilled the beans Tuesday and Novak Djokovic confirmed that he will participate in the Australian Open 2023. “I was very happy to receive the news yesterday (tuesday). It was a relief knowing what me and my loved ones have been through this year with what happened in Australia and after Australia. I couldn’t get better news”he explained at a press conference after his success against Andrey Rublev at the Masters.
Last year, the Serb had traveled to Australia but, not vaccinated against Covid-19, had finally been expelled from the territory after a legal skirmish over his visa. This deportation was accompanied by a three-year inadmissibility. The local authorities, who have so far not communicated on the subject, have lifted this ban if we are to believe the former world number 1.
“Knowing now what I’m going to do in the off-season and that I’m going to start my year in Australia has taken the pressure off a bit”
Djokovic, who had already mentioned “positive signs” but without giving more details, can look forward to next season in a more serene way. “Knowing now what I’m going to do in the off-season and that I’m going to start my year in Australia has taken some of the pressure off my team and myself. The fact that this is clear is a good thing for us. »
The 35-year-old has won nine of his 21 Grand Slams in Australia, a land that has served him well throughout his career. “The Australian Open is the Grand Slam where I had the most success, he recalled. Some of my best memories are there. I want to go back, play tennis, do what I do best and hope I can have a great Aussie summer. » A 22nd Major could fill his purse.