Novak Djokovic should be allowed to play the next Australian Open

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Novak Djokovic should be allowed to play the next Australian Open

The “Djokovic in Australia” series will have a sequel. According to national media, the Serbian (35) will be granted a visa to participate in the Australian Open 2023, despite his expulsion from the country last January due to his lack of vaccination against Covid-19 which implied a three-year inadmissibility.

The different media cite government sources “not authorized to speak publicly” but therefore ensure that the one who has won the tournament nine times (a record) will be able to return, as “public interest”.

Djokovic still “waiting”

Craig Tiley, the tournament director, had himself called for the return of the former world number 1, whose last visit had turned into controversy. Arrived in Australia although not vaccinated against Covid, Djokovic had claimed a vaccine exemption. But barely landed, he had been detained in Melbourne in a hotel, then expelled just before the start of the tournament, without having therefore played a match.

In October, the “Djoker” had mentioned “positive signs” about a possible return to the Australian Open next season. Monday, on the sidelines of the Masters in which he is involved, he said his lawyers were negotiating with the Australian government to get him a visa, but he was still ” Looking forward to “ of a response. “There is nothing official yet”he insisted.

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