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12th Jul 2022

Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open ban set to be lifted with new Prime Minister ‘a big tennis fan’

Daniel Brown

The Serbian tennis star is currently barred from entering Australia

Novak Djokovic is set to play at January’s Australian Open with the increasing likelihood that his three-year ban from entering the country will be lifted.

The Serbian tennis star – who defeated Nick Kyrgios in the men’s Wimbledon final at the weekend – is currently barred from entering Australia, and will not be allowed to enter America for the US Open next month due to regulations stopping unvaccinated visitors arriving in the country.

However, as reported by the Daily Mail, Australian tennis chiefs believe that he will be allowed to continue his pursuit of Grand Slams in Melbourne next year.

Djokovic travelled out to the Australian Open earlier this year, but he was later deported and banned from competing after spending time locked up in an immigration facility.

The 35-year-old attempted to use a medical exemption to enter the country, but this ultimately failed as he was unable to defend his 2021 title

Australia’s new PM expected to take a more sympathetic view

However, Australia’s new Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, is reportedly expected to take a more sympathetic view of the Djokovic case than his predecessors, given that he is a big tennis fan who plays the sport several times a week

Sportsmail add that Albanese does not want the Australian Open to be ‘diluted’ by the absence of Djokovic, who has won the tournament on nine occasions. 

It is thought that the Australian PM has a closer dialogue with Tennis Australia than the previous administration did, and is contemplating rescinding the three-year bar on his entry to the country after the incident that unfolded earlier this year.

While Tennis Australia insist that the matter is out of their hands – and not their decision – Djokovic is expected to compete as he looks to equal Rafael Nadal’s 22 Grand Slam titles.

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