Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has left the door open for Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic to return to the country as early as next year.
The head of government indicated this in an interview with the Australian radio station “2GB”. Djokovic had his visa withdrawn by the Australian authorities for three years on Sunday. A comeback for the 34-year-old at the Australian Open, which the Serb has already won nine times, seems possible as early as 2023.
Regarding the validity of the entry ban, Morrison said: “It is for a three-year period, but there is an opportunity (for Djokovic) to come back under the right circumstances.” He gave Djokovic hope of an earlier entry. That will be dealt with in due course.
The world number one left Melbourne on Sunday evening after Australia’s federal court rejected his appeal against the visa annulment. His hopes for the tenth title at the Australian Open ended one day before the tournament started.
Djokovic, who was not vaccinated against the corona virus, wanted to take part in the Grand Slam tournament with a medical exemption, but the authorities had refused him entry.