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2023 Australian Open: Novak Djokovic Receives Visa

Australia has granted Novak Djokovic a visa to participate in the 2023 Australian Open, overturning the three-year ban he received in January.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

The new immigration minister, Andrew Giles, has replaced previous minister Alex Hawke, allowing Djokovic to reapply for a visa.

Controversy in the 2022 Season

Djokovic's issues started in Australia when he was deported for his vaccination status. The country's former immigration minister Alex Hawke cited concerns over potential anti-vaccination sentiment and civil unrest. Djokovic missed much of the 2022 season due to COVID-19 vaccination rules, including the U.S. Open. Despite the setback, Djokovic says he doesn't regret his decision.

No More Vaccination Requirements

Australia no longer requires visitors to be vaccinated. Craig Tiley, director of the Australian Open, is hopeful for Djokovic's return to the event. Djokovic has won a record nine championships in Melbourne.

Djokovic's History at the Australian Open

Djokovic has won the Australian Open nine times and holds a record in Melbourne. He won three consecutive championships before being banned in 2022.