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Novak Djokovic is allowed to return to Australia

Novak Djokovic is allowed to return to Australia

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Ban lifted: Djokovic allowed to return to Australia

A year after Melbourne’s public entrance drama, Novak Djokovic has received a visa for Australia, according to media reports.

Novak Djokovic is allowed to return to Australia a year after entry drama.

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Novak Djokovic was still clueless on Monday evening, and hours later Australian media reported redeeming news for the Serb: a year after the public entrance drama in Melbourne, the tennis star had received his visa and was allowed to compete in the Australian Open. January 16) play the tenth degree. The ban seems to have been lifted.

Djokovic’s lawyers have been negotiating with the Australian government behind the scenes, but “nothing official yet. We’re waiting,” Djokovic said after his opening win over Greek Stephanos Tsitsipas in the ATP Finals in Turin (6: 4, 7: 6).

There was no official announcement on Tuesday, but reports from Guardian Australia or broadcaster ABC were clear: Djokovic was allowed to enter the country, which was handed a multi-year ban earlier this year when he tried without the vaccine. Entry will be cancelled.

Court Dispute and Deportation Hotel

Flashback: In January 2022, there’s a scandal before the Australian Open, and suddenly Rafael Nadal Djokovic’s biggest enemy is no longer the Australian Federal Court. The legal dispute lasted ten days, during which Djokovic stayed in mandatory quarantine at a hotel in exile. His fans gathered in front of his window and demanded his “release”.

However, the Australian government around Immigration Minister Alex Hawke was convinced Djokovic, “considered by some to be a representative of the anti-vaccination movement (Hawk)” was exempt, fearing unrest in the country. It was one of the most painful defeats of his career for Djokovic (35), who also missed the US Open in New York after refusing to be vaccinated.

Tennis professional barred from Australian Open for refusing to be vaccinated

Tennis professional barred from Australian Open for refusing to be vaccinated

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Djokovic later admitted that the court dispute in Melbourne “stressed him more mentally and emotionally than physically”. It took him a while to fully recover and “turn the experiences into positive energy”. She only won her first title of the season at the clay court Masters in Rome, and she continued her best form at Wimbledon in July and won her 21st Grand Slam. He is only one title away from record holder Nadal.

Entry without proof of vaccination

If Djokovic actually gets his visa, he can thank the new Australian government. The Conservatives are following a different course than their predecessors. It is now possible again to enter Australia without proof of vaccination, and new immigration minister Andrew Giles is set to lift Djokovic’s ban.

Criticism has recently come from the opposition. Karen said it would be a slap in the face to all the people in Australia who did the right thing and got vaccinated if Novak Djokovic was suddenly allowed to come back as a multi-million dollar veteran tennis player. Andrews on ABC Radio. The 62-year-old was interior minister when Djokovic was ousted in January. (Sid)