Novak Djokovic will be capable of bid for a record-extending tenth males’s singles title at subsequent 12 months’s Australian Open after being granted a visa to journey to the Grand Slam occasion.
The 35-year-old tennis star confirmed on Wednesday that he has been given clearance to compete in Australia. He had been deported on the eve of the 2022 match in Melbourne after he arrived within the nation with out being vaccinated towards COVID-19.
“I used to be very completely happy to obtain the information yesterday,” Djokovic stated Wednesday after his victory over Andrey Rublev on the ATP Finals on Wednesday. “It was a reduction clearly realizing what I and folks closest to me in my life have been by way of this 12 months with what occurred in Australia and put up Australia clearly.”
Djokovic, the previous world No. 1 who has 21 Grand Slam titles, was initially barred from the country until 2025, however that call has now been reversed.
“I couldn’t obtain higher information for positive,” Djokovic stated. “Australian Open has been my most profitable Grand Slam. I made a few of the finest recollections there. After all I wish to return there, I wish to play tennis, do what I do finest, hopefully have an ideal Australian summer season.”
Tennis Australia stated Thursday it welcomed the choice to permit Djokovic again into the nation.
“We at all times try to have all one of the best gamers on the earth competing right here in Melbourne in January and we sit up for delivering the very best match for each the gamers and followers,” it stated in an announcement.
Australian Open match director Craig Tiley stated this month that Djokovic could be welcome in January if he might get a visa, however that Tennis Australia couldn’t foyer on his behalf.
Australia in July scrapped a rule that required worldwide vacationers to declare their COVID-19 vaccination standing, and Djokovic stated in October he had acquired “constructive indicators” in regards to the standing of efforts to overturn his ban.
“Mr. Djokovic has subsequently been granted a brief visa to enter Australia,” Immigration Minister Andrew Giles stated in an announcement.
Djokovic additionally missed this 12 months’s US Open, and the prospect to match Rafael Nadal‘s males’s document of twenty-two Grand Slam titles, because of his choice to not be vaccinated towards COVID-19.
The Belgrade native discovered himself on the heart of political storm in Melbourne this 12 months, twice being held in a resort with asylum seekers whereas he awaited a choice by Australia’s immigration division on whether or not he might keep.
Australia’s Federal Courtroom lastly dominated to uphold the cancellation of his visa — initially granted on a medical exemption as he had not too long ago had COVID-19.
Nadal went on to win the title, transferring forward of Djokovic within the race to develop into the participant with essentially the most main crowns.
Djokovic will now have the prospect to reclaim the title at a match he has dominated since his first triumph there in 2008.
“Simply giving that readability [that I will start my season in Australia] makes it nice for us,” Djokovic stated.
The Australian Open runs Jan. 16-29 in Melbourne.
Info from Reuters and The Related Press was used on this story.