Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open Hopes Still In Limbo
The Australian Open had to pre-tournament announcement overnight, and Novak Djokovic is still not confirmed for participation.
Due to his deportation, by Australian rule (at the time) Djokovic was banned from re-entry into the country for three years.
However there has been no confirmation the rule has been applied and unlike this past year, Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley isn’t getting involved in the process.
“At this point, Novak and the federal government need to work out the situation and then we’ll follow any instruction after that,” Tiley told the media.
“It’s not a matter we can lobby on. It’s a matter that definitely stays between the two of them and then depending on the outcome of that, we would welcome him to the Australian Open.”
Djokovic will take the fight himself to new Immigration Minister Andrew Giles who may or may not sympathize with the Serb.
“I’m waiting for the news. It’s really not in my hands right now. I’m hoping I can get some positive news soon,” Djokovic said during the Laver Cup last month.
If Djokovic got vaccinated he would be allowed to play.
Tiley added that all Russian and Belarussian players would be allowed to play, just under neutral flags.
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