Tennis Australia is unwilling to lobby the government to help Novak Djokovic play the Australian Open 2023

Novak Djokovic will not get any official support from Tennis Australia if he attempts to enter the country for 2023’s first major. This is one year after his deportation for failing to have COVID-19 vaccinated.

After a 10-day legal battle that saw his visa revoked, the 21-time Grand Slam champion was not allowed to defend his Australian Open title.

Djokovic was initially granted an exemption from strict vaccination rules by Tennis Australia and two medical panels. The Australian Border Force rejected the exemption. However, Djokovic travelled to Melbourne believing that he had all the paperwork in order.

“It’s not something we can lobby on. “It is a matter that remains between them,” Craig Tiley, director of the Australian Open tournament, said Wednesday during a launch for 2023. He was referring to Djokovic as well as the Australian government.

Tiley said that depending on the outcome, Tiley would be “welcome” to the Australian Open.

Djokovic was deported and is now subject to a possible three-year exclusion period. This prevents Djokovic from being granted a temporary visa. It can be waived under certain circumstances. However, in January, the Australian Border Force stated that any exclusion period would be considered in any new visa application.

According to the ABF, each case is evaluated on its merits.

Australia has updated its border rules. Incoming travellers must no longer show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations as of July 6.

Tiley was heavily criticised for his role in the confusion that caused the top-ranked male tennis player to arrive in Australia as though he was exempted from strict Australian vaccination laws. Immigration officials at Melbourne Airport interrogated him for hours before being taken into custody.

The leading cause of confusion was Djokovic’s exemption from Tennis Australia and the state government to play in the tournament. This was even though all officials, fans and players must be vaccinated against COVID-19. However, border security officials had to assess the situation.

After some success in court, Djokovic was granted permission to practice at Melbourne Park. However, Australia’s Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used his discretionary powers to cancel Djokovic’s visa on character grounds. He stated he was a “talisman for a community of antivaccine sentiment.”

Djokovic is a recent winner of tournaments held in Israel and Kazakhstan. He can request that Andrew Giles, the new Immigration Minister, reconsider his visa status.

Tiley, the chief executive of Tennis Australia, stated that he met Djokovic last month in London during the Laver Cup. He believes that the Serbian star has no bitterness over the story.

Tiley stressed, however, that they spoke only about Djokovic’s visa situation.

Tiley stated that while he said he would love to return to Australia, he also knows that it will be a final decision for the Federal Government. He can decide what he wants. Tiley agreed. He is also playing a lot more tennis towards the end of the year in anticipation of a successful outcome to his application.

After reviewing an episode in the news, Tennis Australia decided to outsource visa applications from players and their entourages. This is because they have partnered with a company specialising in immigration matters.

Tiley stated that the Australian Open did not intend to follow Wimbledon’s lead, which prohibited Russian and Belarusian players from competing in the tournament this year due to the invasion of Ukraine.

Tour rules dictate that there will not be any reference to players’ nationalities, such as Daniil Medvedev, a Russian finalist in the 2022 Australian Open, and Victoria Azarenka, a two-time women’s singles champion from Belarus.

Tiley declined to discuss the possibility of revamping the Australian schedule. This will include a mixed-teams tournament that will feature 16 countries and be played in the country before the Australian Open.
This competition would be similar to the Hopman Cup, held for over three decades in Perth before the ATP Cup 2020.
Tiley, who said that elite tennis would return to Perth after the pandemic in Western Australia last week and promised a program for summer, stated that he would soon outline a summer program.

He stated that he hoped to see major cities host a significant event. It would be a unique event and one-of-a-kind event. “We will announce that announcement once we are ready.”