Novak Djokovic has hinted that there is a good chance that he will be allowed to compete at the Australian Open in January. Djokovic, 35, was handed a three-year ban from entering Australia after being deported from the country earlier this year.
In recent weeks and days, Djokovic's lawyers have been communicating with the Australian authorities. Djokovic is hoping his visa ban gets rescinded so he is allowed to compete at the opening Grand Slam of the 2023 season.
“When it comes to Australia, there are some positive signs, but unofficially. We are communicating through my lawyers in Australia. In fact, they are communicating with the authorities in charge of my case. I hope to have an answer in the next few weeks – whatever that answer might be, but of course I am hoping for a positive one – so that I have enough time to prepare for the start of the season, if that start is going to happen in Australia," Djokovic told Sportal, as quoted on Tennis Majors.
Djokovic has no hard feelings toward Australia
The Australia visa debacle was one of the most stressful times of Djokovic's career and life. However, he still loves the country and would like to return to Down Under in 2023.
At the Australian Open, Djokovic is a record nine-time champion. “I really want to go there, I am over what happened this year and I just want to play tennis, it is what I do best. Australia has always been the place where I have played my best tennis, the results speak for themselves, so I am always extra motivated to go there.
This time even more, so. I am hoping for a positive answer," Djokovic added. Djokovic missed two Grand Slams in 2022. After missing the Australian Open, Djokovic also didn't compete at the US Open. It remains to be seen if Djokovic will make his Grand Slam return at the Australian Open.