According to an expert, tennis star Novak Djokovic could have a good chance of taking part in the Australian Open despite the entry ban.
“There is no risk factor in allowing her to come back,” immigration attorney Kon-Ming Tsai told the Associated Press. In his opinion, the 21-time Grand Slam winner’s entry is “in Australia’s best interest”: “He will not cause any problems for the community. He is one of the best tennis players in the world and will be able to attract lots of people.” foreign visitors.”
Tsai said Djokovic has a good chance of success when he applies for an entry visa. All he has to do is write to the Australian border authorities explaining his extraordinary circumstances and asking for the re-entry ban to be lifted. According to the Australian Border Protection Agency, the entry ban may be lifted under certain circumstances, and each case will be investigated individually.
Tennis star with three-year entry ban
Djokovic, 35, wants to start the Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne next January, tournament director Craig Tilly announced on Wednesday. It is up to the Serbs themselves to clarify the “situation” with the government. Djokovic, who was not vaccinated against Covid-19, had to leave Australia after entering the Australian Open in January this year following a legal dispute. He was also given a three-year entry ban for the country.
Criticism of possible special treatment for the nine-time tournament winner came from opposition politician Karen Andrews, who was Djokovic’s interior minister at the time of his exile. “If Novak Djokovic is suddenly allowed back into the country, it will be a slap to the people of Australia,” Andrews told ABC radio.
Apart from the Australian Open, Djokovic also missed the US Open in August this year as he was not allowed to enter the USA without vaccination. The first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open, will be played in Melbourne from January 16 to 29.