Djokovic receives ‘positive signs’ of making Australian Open – RT Sport News

All-time tennis great Novak Djokovic has revealed there is « positive signs » his three-year ban from entering Australia will be lifted, allowing him to play at the Australian Open in January 2023.

Djokovic is a nine-time winner of the first Grand Slam of the calendar year but was kicked out of Australia after arriving in the country unvaccinated for the latest event, won by generational rival Rafael Nadal.

The 35-year-old landed in the country on a medical exemption but public outcry led to him being detained and then deported after his visa was torn up.

Speaking to Serbian news outlet Sportal, Djokovic revealed that he expects to hear soon about his three-year visa ban being lifted.

“As far as Australia is concerned, there are positive signs, but unofficially,” says Djokovic.

“We communicate through my lawyers in Australia. In fact, they communicate with the authorities in charge of my file.

« I hope to have an answer in the next few weeks – whatever that answer is, but of course I hope for a positive answer – in order to have enough time to prepare for the start of the season if this start happens. move to Australia, Djokovic added.

Australian opposition MP and former Home Secretary Karen Andrews recently said lifting Djokovic’s ban would be a « slap in the face » to Australians who went ahead and got their Covid shots.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley has confirmed that Djokovic would be welcome at the next event if he can secure a visa – although Tennis Australia cannot campaign on his behalf.

After ending 2022 on a high with two ATP Tour wins, Djokovic is eager to start his 2023 season.

« I really want to go, I’m done with what happened this year and I just want to play tennis, that’s what I do best » says Djokovic.

« Australia has always been the place where I played my best tennis, the results speak for themselves, so I’m still very motivated to go there. This time even more. I hope for a positive response » he added.

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