Serbi an tennis star Novak Djokovic was a major missing at the Australian Open 2022 as he was sent out of the country over COVID-19 vaccination issues. Additionally, a three-year travel ban was imposed on Djokovic. This meant that the Serbian won’t feature in the next two editions of the Grand Slam as well. However, it seems Djokovic will be able to enter Australia next year.
As per reports, Djokovic has been cleared to play in the Australian Open 2023. Reports have confirmed that the Australian government has made the decision to overturn Djokovic’s ban and allow him to enter the country in 2023. But it will happen only when Djokovic formally appeals against the Australian government’s decision to put a ban on him.
As a new government was voted into power following Australia's 2022 Federal Election in May, those who made the decision to revoke Djokovic's visa in January are no longer involved with the process. Also, the new Immigration Minster Andrew Giles is said to have decided "in principle" to overturn the 35-year-old's three-year travel ban and if and when he appeals.
This decision of Djokovic getting a clearance to enter Australia comes after unvaccinated US swimmer Michael Andrew was allowed to enter the country for Australia's 'Duel in the Pool' against the United States. It’s worth mentioning that there has been a change in guidelines for foreign nationals entering Australia. The country no longer asks for proof of Covid vaccination or a negative Covid test to cross the border.
Notably, apart from the Australian Open, Djokovic also could not participate at the US Open 2022 for the same reason. "Sadly, I will not be able to travel to NY this time for US Open," Djokovic tweeted hours before the US Open draw was made ahead of the tournament. "Thank you #NoleFam for your messages of love and support. Good luck to my fellow players! I’ll keep in good shape and positive spirit and wait for an opportunity to compete again. See you soon tennis world!"