Novak Djokovic's chances of returning to the Australian Open have reportedly increased as new Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is a tennis fan and doesn't want the opening Grand Slam of the year to go without the nine-time Melbourne champion, per The Daily Mail.
Scott Morrison, the previous Australian Prime Minister who was the driving force behind not allowing Djokovic to compete at this year's Australian Open, lost the elections and the belief is that Albanese will take a more "sympathetic view" of the Serb's case.
After losing his Australia visa appeal and getting deported from the country, Djokovic was handed a three-year ban from entering the country. Recently, Australia relaxed some of its COVID-19 safety measures as unvaccinated individuals are now allowed to enter the country.
Now, the only thing that Djokovic needs is to get his ban from entering the country rescinded. Reportedly, Albanese is in communication with Tennis Australia so there is definitely a chance Djokovic gets his ban lifted ahead of the 2023 season.
Djokovic would be 'welcomed back' to Australia
At Wimbledon, Sport Klub reporters caught up with Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley. Tiley confirmed he would love to have Djokovic back to his tournament but underlined it's not him who makes the decision whether or not the Serb plays at the tournament next year.
"I think that we are doing our best. Obviously, it is not my decision whether he will be able to play at the Australian Open, but Novak is always welcome, he knows that a lot of people in Australia love to watch him play.
It's up to others to make that decision but there is a lot of time left before the 2023 Australian Open. I think what we need now is to enjoy his Wimbledon victory," Tiley told Sport Klub. The Australian Open is the place where Djokovic has had the most Grand Slam success as he is a record nine-time champion at Melbourne Park.