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Novak Djokovic hopeful to play in the Australian Open in 2023

Novak Djokovic, Six Sports

On Sunday, Novak Djokovic defeated Nick Kyrgios, Australia by 4-6,6-3,6-4,7-6 to clinch his 4th consecutive Wimbledon Men’s Singles title. This was his 21st Grand Slam title.

The Wimbledon win would possibly be the last title of the year for the Serbian since he won’t be participating in the last grand slam of the year – the US Open. The tennis star in his recent interview said that he does not plan on receiving the Covid-19 vaccine before the tournament begins on 29th Aug. The US Authorities have denied permission to the non-vaccinated participants.

But the relief to the Serbian could be given from the Australian side. Reports suggest that the newly appointed PM, Anthony Albanese, will take a sympathetic view and overturn Novak Djokovic’s current three-year ban. This ban stemmed after the Covid vaccine drama earlier this year.

The Serbian tennis star took special visa permissions to enter into the country to play the Australian Open. As the news came out before the start of the tournament, the authorities deported the player back to his home nation. Later Nadal went on to claim the title and went one slam ahead of Novak.

Novak Djokovic intends on playing the tournament in 2023, tournament chief Craig Tiley said on Sunday. He blamed “miscommunication” as the reason behind the drama. The drama post his visa cancellation was followed by a legal battle with the Australian authorities.

Positives for Novak Djokovic following the new Covid-19 protocols

On Wednesday, Australian Minister of Home Affairs, Clare O’Neil announced new protocols. The announcement included that a positive vaccine status wouldn’t be necessary for the people entering into the country.

“Travellers must still comply with any remaining COVID-19 requirements of airlines and shipping operators. This includes proper safety and instructions regarding masks and disposal of private wastes. State and territory orders mandating masks on domestic flights also remain in place.”

This announcement brings up the possible participation of Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open 2023. The participation will have a few obstacles including the removal of the 3-year ban which came along with his deportation. The ban needs to be appealed in a court of law.

Following the decision, the Serbian fans would be waiting for their star to clinch his 22nd title in January next year.

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