Djokovic could finally compete in the 2023 Australian Open

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After issuing a three-year ban, the Australian government plans to grant the Serbian tennis player a visa to compete in the event 

The Australian government has announced that they will allow the Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic’s to participate in the 2023 Australian Open. The announcement was made on local Australian media, according to a report from DW on Tuesday, November 15.

Djokovic was banned this year after he failed to show a COVID vaccine certificate before this years Australian open in January, as he was unvaccinated. The nine-time Australian open champion was then put back on the plane after being refused entry into the country, due to governments COVID policy then. The country has since lifted the restrictions.

Speaking to the local media Craig Tiley, Australian Open chief said, “What we’re saying at this point is that Novak and the federal government need to work out the situation. And then we’ll follow any instruction after that.”

Djokovic’s three-year suspension can be lifted at the discretion of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s center-left administration, who differs from the conservative coalition that was in office when he was banned, the report states.

Meanwhile, Australian opposition politician Karan Andrews said, “It would be a slap in the face for those people in Australia who did the right thing, got vaccinated”. She made this statement in the local media in October, according to the report.


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