MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (AP) — A year after being deported for not being vaccinated against COVID, Novak Djokovic has been banned from Australian tennis even as he tries to enter the country for his first Grand Slam in 2023. I do not receive any assistance from the federation. -19.
The 21-time Grand Slam champion failed to defend his Australian Open title last January after a 10-day legal battle that had his visa revoked the night before the start of the tournament Rafael Nadal ultimately won. .RELATED
Djokovic was initially granted an exemption to circumvent the strict vaccination protocols issued by a pair of medical commissions and the Australian Federation to compete at the Australian Open. However, after traveling to Melbourne, he believed that everything was in order, but the permit was denied by border officials.
“It’s not a matter of it’s up to us to intervene. This is a matter of two people,” tournament CEO Craig Tiley said Wednesday during the official launch of the 2023 edition, referring to Djokovic and the federal government. .
“And depending on the outcome, we will welcome him to the Australian Open,” Tyree added.
The deportation put the Serbian star at risk of being banned from obtaining a new visa for three years. The government said in January that the suspension could be lifted given “certain circumstances”.
Australia has changed its border restrictions and from 6 July, visitors will no longer be required to show proof of being vaccinated against COVID-19.
Tyree was heavily criticized for his role in the turmoil that resulted in men’s tennis’ then number one coming to Australia believing he had received permission to play. A few hours ago, I was questioned by border authorities at Melbourne International Airport.
Djokovic, the brand-new tournament champion of Israel and Kazakhstan, can apply to the new immigration minister Andrew Giles to have his status reconsidered.
Tyree said he met Djokovic at the Laver Cup in London last month, and Djokovic has no grudge against the story.
But Tiley emphasized that they discussed visa issues in general.
“He’s clearly said he wants to go back to Australia, but I know that will be the final decision by the federal government,” Tyree said. “He accepted the position. It’s a private matter between us. It’s not something we can intervene in.”
After investigating the incident, the federation decided that a firm specializing in immigration matters would be responsible for managing visa applications for tennis players and their companions.
Tiley said the Australian Open would not follow suit at the previous Wimbledon tournament, suspending Russian and Belarusian players for the Ukrainian invasion. Athletes such as Daniil Medvedev and Victoria Azarenka compete as independent athletes under the banner of neutrality.