Novak Djokovic Australian Open

Confirmed: Novak Djokovic free to compete at Australian Open

Reports that Novak Djokovic will be free to compete at the Australian Open in January have been confirmed by the man himself.

Djokovic was sensationally deported earlier this year as the then-government branded him a danger to public health over his decision not to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

That also landed him an automatic three-year ban on being granted a visa, but he has now confirmed that the new Australian government have lifted it.

“In terms of your next question related to Australia, yes I received the news yesterday morning and I was very, very happy to hear that news,” Djokovic said after beating Andrey Rublev to secure his place in the ATP Finals semis.

“It has been a tough year with everything that happened, obviously, in Australia for me and for the people who are close in my life.

“This came as a great new year present, I think, and I am looking forward to going to Australia and hopefully having another successful Australian Open, that has been historically my most successful Grand Slam.

“I had some of my best memories on that court. Hopefully, I can make more positive memories there.”

Novak Djokovic is the most successful male player in Australian Open history, winning nine of his 21 majors in Melbourne.

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Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.