Novak Djokovic’s chances of returning to the Australian Open have reportedly increased as new Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is a tennis fan and dislikes the nine-time champion’s Melbourne series, the first Grand Slam of the year. Daily Mail.
Former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who was behind Djokovic’s ban from this year’s Australian Open, is believed to have lost the election.
Albanese takes a ‘more sympathetic view’ of the Serb’s case. Djokovic was banned from entering the country for three years after losing an appeal on his Australian visa and being deported from the country.
Australia recently relaxed some of its COVID-19 safety measures, with unvaccinated people now allowed to enter the country.
The only thing Djokovic needs now is to lift the ban on entering the country. The Albanian is said to be in touch with Tennis Australia, so there is a strong possibility that Djokovic will have his ban lifted before the 2023 season.
Djokovic ‘will be welcome’ in Australia
At Wimbledon, Sport Club journalists caught up with Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley. Tiley confirmed that Djokovic would like to return to the tournament, but insisted that it was not up to him to decide whether or not to play the Serbian in next year’s tournament.
“I think we’re trying our best. It’s not up to me to decide whether he plays the Australian Open, but Novak is always welcome and he knows a lot of people like him playing in Australia.
Others will have to make that decision, but there is plenty of time before the Australian Open in 2023. “I think what we need now is to enjoy winning Wimbledon,” Daily told Sports Club.
Nine-time champion Djokovic has the most Grand Slam wins at the Australian Open at Melbourne Park.
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