Virtually a 12 months after being deported from Australia over his COVID-19 vaccine standing, 21-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic will be capable to return after reportedly being set to obtain a visa to play within the Australian Open in January.
A number of reviews on Tuesday indicated that Immigration Minister Andrew Giles had overturned a potential three-year ban for Djokovic which adopted a 10-day authorized battle earlier this 12 months when Djokovic’s visa was revoked after beforehand being granted a medical exemption to enter the nation.
The nine-time Australian Open winner has repeatedly defended his determination to not get vaccinated, which has seen him sit out a number of tournaments, most notably the Australian Open and the U.S. Open.
“I don’t have any regrets. I imply, I do really feel unhappy that I wasn’t in a position to play, however that was a choice that I made, and I knew what the implications can be,” he mentioned on the Laver Cup in September. “So I accepted them, and that’s it.”
The Australian Open has been one in every of Djokovic’s most profitable showings — he has gained a document 9 titles. He expressed his curiosity to return final month, including that he holds no grudges over what transpired.
“I actually need to go there. I’m over what occurred this 12 months, and I simply need to play tennis. It’s what I do greatest,” he mentioned. “Australia has all the time been the place the place I’ve performed my greatest tennis. The outcomes communicate for themselves, so I’m all the time further motivated to go there. This time much more so.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.