Doubts remain about Novak Djokovic’s participation in US, Australian Open

Novak Djokovic says he still loves the Australian Open after being deported on the eve of this year’s tournament due to his COVID-19 vaccination status, but doubts remain about whether he will be able to compete next year.
Serbian tennis star because he had not been vaccinated against COVID-19, meaning that at the time he did not meet Australia’s strict requirements for entry.
The federal government recently announced that travelers will but the deportation of Djokovic entails an automatic three-year ban on entry into the country.

The 35-year-old needs to change the minds of the new Labor government to allow him to return to the Australian Open next year.

Two men are talking, standing at the tennis net.

Novak Djokovic (left) defeated Nick Kyrgios in the 2022 Wimbledon men’s final. Source: AARP, Press Association / Dubreuil Corinne / ABACA

Australian Open boss Craig Thiley told Nine Network Today on Tuesday that he spoke to Djokovic’s team and they were “very eager” to see him return in 2023, but that’s not their call.

“We know what he wants [play] and obviously it’s been a difficult year for him, but it will be the decision of others,” he told Nine Network.
Adding a seventh Wimbledon crown to his collection, Djokovic said he feels “most comfortable” playing in Australia, where he won an unbeaten nine Grand Slam titles in Melbourne.
“Perhaps Australia is where I feel most comfortable because of my record there,” he said after claiming his seventh Wimbledon crown and 21st Major with 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-4 7- 6(7–3). ) final victory over at the All England Club.
“Having won the title many times (in Melbourne), I would probably like to play on this site. If I had to choose one match or one venue, I would choose it.
“Wimbledon is close to that given my progress, especially in the last seven or eight years.

“This center court and this tournament still hold a special place in my heart because it was always my childhood dream tournament.”

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Djokovic also doubled down on his refusal to vaccinate against COVID-19, casting doubt on his participation in the US Open. He is also unsure of getting a release.
“I am not vaccinated and do not plan to be vaccinated, so the only good news I can report is that they have eliminated the mandatory green vaccination card or whatever you call it for entry into the United States or release,” he said.
“I dont know. I don’t think release is really possible… I think they’ll just remove it in time so I can get into the US.”
Djokovic says that whether he can compete in New York or Melbourne, there is no retirement in sight.

“I don’t feel like I’m in a hurry to end my career in a year or two – or something like that.”