All-time tennis nice Novak Djokovic has revealed that there are “optimistic indicators” his three-year ban from getting into Australia can be waived, permitting him to play within the Australian Open in January 2023.

Djokovic is a document nine-time winner on the calendar 12 months’s first Grand Slam however was deported from Australia after arriving within the nation unvaccinated for the final occasion, received by generational rival Rafael Nadal.

The 35-year-old landed within the nation with a medical exemption, however public outcry led to him being detained after which kicked out after his visa was torn up.

Chatting with Serbian media outlet Sportal, Djokovic revealed that he quickly expects to have information on his three-year visa ban being lifted.

“In terms of Australia, there are some optimistic indicators, however unofficially,” Djokovic stated.

“We’re speaking by way of my legal professionals in Australia. In reality, they’re speaking with the authorities accountable for my case.

“I hope to have a solution within the subsequent few weeks – no matter that reply could be, however after all, I’m hoping for a optimistic one – in order that I’ve sufficient time to organize for the beginning of the season if that begin goes to occur in Australia,” Djokovic added.

Australian opposition lawmaker and ex-Dwelling Affairs Minister Karen Andrews lately stated that waiving Djokovic’s ban could be a “slap within the face” to Australians who went forward and bought their Covid vaccines.

Australian Open event director Craig Tiley confirmed that Djokovic could be welcome to the following occasion if he can get a visa – although Tennis Australia can not marketing campaign on his behalf.

After ending 2022 in positive trend with two ATP tour wins, Djokovic is keen to begin his 2023 season.

“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 finest,” Djokovic stated.

“Australia has at all times been the place the place I’ve performed my finest tennis, the outcomes converse for themselves, so I’m at all times further motivated to go there. This time much more so. I’m hoping for a optimistic reply,” he added.

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