Novak Djokovic reconciles with the Australian Open: he receives authorization to play the first Grand Slam of the year

Novak Djokovic reconciles with the Australian Open: he receives authorization to play the first Grand Slam of the year

After the controversial deportation suffered by the Serb, the government of the Pacific country decided to forgive him and give him a visa so that he could participate in the competition.

Tennis player Novak Djokovic has received some very good news as he plays the Masters Tournament in Turin. The Serb will be able to play the Australian Open after being expelled earlier this year for not being vaccinated against Covid, a requirement of the authorities of the oceanic nation.

However, as the months passed, entry requirements into the country eased, allowing the unvaccinated to enter. This is the case of Nole, who was waiting for the possibility. “We are waiting. That’s all I can say for now.” he recently noted.

According to The Guardian Australia newspaper, the new government authorities have said yes to Djokovic’s return, overturning the three-year ban on entering the country that weighed on the tennis player.

Last month, Australian Open director Craig Tiley has revealed he spoke with Djokovic, who assured him he wanted to play the first Grand Slam of 2023. “He said obviously he would like to go back to Australia, but he knows that ultimately it will be a government decision,” explained Tiley at Australian newspaper The Age. “He accepted this point. It’s a private matter between them,” he added.

irregular year

The refusal to be vaccinated against Covid-19 has severely affected the season of the Balkan tennis player, since, in addition to his expulsion from the Australian Open in January, he had to give up the US Open and all the Masters 1000 in this country since entry into this country remains subject to the vaccination obligation.

Although at Roland Garros he was eliminated by the Spaniard Rafael Nadal, Nole rehabilitated at Wimbledon, where he achieved his 21st Grand Slam title, losing one behind Rafa. However, he did not score any points as the tournament was sanctioned by the ATP for denying entry to Russian and Belarusian players due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Currently, in box eight of the ranking, Djokovic seems to have regained the level that led him to dominate the circuit. Yesterday he comfortably beat Stefanos Tsitsipas on his Turin debut, showing a game typical of his best moments.

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Source: Latercera

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