Novak Djokovic wants to chase his tenth Australian Open title at the beginning of 2023. Still, he will have to work with the federal government and seek his options for how to enter Australia and play at the season's first Major.
The Australian Open tournament director, Craig Tiley, is unwilling to repeat his mistake from the previous event and Djokovic's ten-day visa saga. Tiley stated that Novak has to work with the federal government, with no interactions or lobbying from the tournament itself.
Unvaccinated Djokovic is expected to challenge a three-year visa ban in his effort to compete at Melbourne Park following this year's deportation. Locked up in a quarantine hotel for ten days, the most successful Australian Open player had his visa revoked by then-immigration minister Alex Hawke over his ability to "excite anti-vax sentiment" in Australia.
Craig Tiley will stay away from Novak Djokovic's Australian Open quest.
Tiley did his best to secure a medical exemption for Novak and faced incredible pressure to step down from his position after a debacle. Tiley blamed miscommunication with federal authorities and will wait for the official confirmation of Novak's status in the upcoming months without lobbying.
Djokovic can apply for an exemption from new Immigration Minister Andrew Giles, but many are still against seeing an unvaccinated champion in Melbourne. Novak's first Major title came at the 2008 Australian Open, and he became a dominant figure in Melbourne in 2011.
Djokovic's ninth crown came in 2021 following a victory over Daniil Medvedev. "The matter with Novak is direct between himself and the federal government. They need to work out the situation, and then we will follow instructions.
It's not a matter we can lobby on. It's a matter that stays between the two of them, and then depending on the outcome, we would welcome him to the Australian Open. Novak said he would love to return to Australia, but he knows it will be an ultimate decision for the federal government.
He has accepted that position. It's a private matter between them, but we would like to welcome a nine-time champion Novak back, providing he gets the right entry requirements into Australia. At this point, Russian and Belarusian players will be eligible to play in the Australian Open.
The only difference will be that they can not represent Russia or play under its flag. They have to play as independent players under a neutral name," Craig Tiley said.