Novak Djokovic is certain to play at the Australian Open in 2023. The news was reported by journalist Luis Alfredo Alvarez, who cited personal information obtained by tournament director Craig Tilley.
“Yesterday I heard personally from Craig Tilley that Novak Djokovic will definitely play at the Australian Open in 2023,” Alvarez tweeted.
This means that the ban on entering Australian territory for a period of three years is likely to be lifted. The sanction was imposed in early 2022 after The Joker appeared in Melbourne in defiance of the country’s measures against the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Djokovic did not get vaccinated against the coronavirus and arrived in Australia with a medical exemption issued because he had been treated for the virus for a certain period. However, the health authorities did not recognize the legitimacy of the document, the Serb was placed in a dormitory with refugees. After a court case, he was deported from the country and banned from entering the country for three years.
A few days ago, the government lifted all restrictions on visiting the country, adopted in connection with the pandemic. The decision to overturn the ban imposed on Novak Djokovic must be taken by the new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.