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“Slap in the face!” Politician attacks Djokovic over Australia plan

If Novak Djokovic is allowed to start at the Australian Open in 2023, some Australians will not like the decision.

Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley has not made it clear that he doesn’t really expect all the top stars to be at the start of the 2023 Australian Open (if they’re fit) when there are cross-shots from politics again.

Because Tile naturally included Novak Djokovic in the group of potential starters. Perhaps out of bad conscience. Because the Australian FA’s exact role in the farce surrounding Djokovic’s non-start earlier this season is still a mystery.

Politician on Djokovic entry: “Slap in the face for Australians”

But with Novak Djokovic you can still do well in politics. Although no longer involved in politics. As does former Australian Home Affairs Minister Karen Holmes.

“If Novak Djokovic is suddenly allowed into our country because he’s a multi-million dollar high-ranking tennis player, it would be a slap in the face to those who have done the right thing in Australia.” Holmes said in an interview with a Melbourne radio station. Novak Djokovic should not have such a special fate. A different fate for everyone else.”

Djokovic wants to play in Melbourne again

Vaccination mandate for entry into Australia lifted. Obviously, entry visas are still decided on a case-by-case basis.

Djokovic confirmed in the summer that he wanted to return to Australia despite the unpleasant experience. In his last start in 2021, the Serb won his ninth title Down Under with a final victory over Daniil Medvedev.