In early 2022, two months before the start of the war in Ukraine and when the world got used to living with the coronavirus pandemic, Novak Djokovic was banned from taking part in the 2023 Australian Open due to his refusal to be vaccinated against coronavirus.
The former world No. 1 had consistently maintained his opposition to the coronavirus vaccine but had obtained an exemption to vaccination rules by two medical panels and Tennis Australia in order to play.
By the decision of the Australian authorities, Djokovic, the nine-time winner of the Australian Open, one of the four biggest tennis tournaments, was deported from that country and banned from entering it until 2025.
However, that decision has been overturned by the Australian government and Novak Djokovic will be allowed to compete at the 2023 Australian Open tennis tournament next year after his visa ban was lifted.
Last month, Djokovic spoke to the Serbian website Sportal about his desire to return to Australia this summer.
“I really want to go there. I am over what happened this year and I just want to play tennis, it is what I do best. Australia has always been the place where I have played my best tennis, the results speak for themselves, so I am always extra motivated to go there. This time even more so. I am hoping for a positive answer”, he said.
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