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Djokovic ‘welcomed’ to play at Australian Open on one condition

Novak Djokovic could compete at the Australian Open in January, but only if the government allows him to enter the country.

Djokovic was expelled from Australia at the last edition of the Grand Slam event for not having a Covid vaccine.

As a result, he will not be allowed to re-enter the country until 2025 and tournament director Craig Tiley said he cannot speak to the government on the player’s behalf.

“We can’t fight for that,” Tiley said. “Novak and the federal government need to clarify the situation and after that we will follow all the instructions.

“It’s a thing that definitely stays between the two and depending on the result we would then welcome him to the Australian Open.”

Djokovic also missed out on participating in the US Open due to his vaccination status, but won Wimbledon in the summer.

The idea of ​​having Djokovic compete has already met with criticism. Australia’s former Home Secretary Karen Andrews said it would be a “slap in the face” to Australians if allowed.

Meanwhile, Russian and Belarusian players can compete in the Open as long as they do so under neutral flags.

Tiley added, “They cannot participate in any activity like the Anthem of Russia and must play as independent players under a neutral name.”

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