Tennis player Novak Djokovic will be allowed to compete in the 2023 Australian Open after Australia overturns a three-year ban on his entry.
After defeating Andrey Rublev at the ATP Finals in Turin, Italy, on Wednesday, Djokovic announced the announcement in a press conference and added that he would play in the 2023 Australian Open in January.
The 21-time grand slam champion told reporters, “I was really thrilled to receive the news yesterday. Knowing what I and those closest to me have been through this year as a result of what happened in Australia and after Australia, it was obviously a relief. I doubt I could have gotten any better news.
“Knowing that I have clarity today, what I do in the off-season, and beginning the season in Australia, of course, helped remove some of the pressure me and my team felt,” Djokovic said. For us, it’s nice just to have that clarity.
More than any other player in history, Djokovic has won nine men’s singles titles in the Australian Open.
“My most successful Grand Slam has been the Australian Open. There, I created some of my favorite memories. Naturally, I want to return, play tennis, do what I do best, and hopefully have a fantastic Australian summer,” Djokovic continued.