Soap play of Novak Djokovic finally the Australian soap opera continues. As the first Grand Slam tournament of the year enters its second week, the absence of the world No. 1 player is still a topic of discussion. This Sunday, Australian tennis head Craig Tiley opened the door wide for Nole to enter the tournament next year, despite the fact that he was banned enter the country for three years after deportation.
“I think he will play next year. After all, he is the strongest tennis player in the world and he loves the Australian Open,” said the Federation president.
Nine-time Grand Slam winner was expelled from the country after an 11-day legal battle after trying to enter the country without being vaccinated against Covid-19. Based on his current status, he couldn’t set foot on Australian soil for three years.
However, Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated that “penalties can be reduced if the right circumstances arise” And those cases happen, today, because ‘Nole’ is vaccinated for Covid- 19, something that doesn’t seem to be for Victorian jobs. Prime Minister Daniel Andrews insists Djokovic “can only be welcomed if he arrives vaccinated”, contradicting Tiley’s words.
The head of Australian tennis refused for a ABC interview information about Djokovic may be suing the federation for damages: “No. He won’t sue,” he said. “We are talking and will talk again, but for now we are focused only on organizing this great event,” he added.
Despite that, the Australian President said that “it is important to note that there is no person or organization more important than this tournament”. And he explains that Tennis Australia has repeatedly tried to clarify the matter with national authorities, but the changing nature of the omicron variation means “there are many contradictions and complications with the information”. “Even in the last week (since the decision), things have changed regarding the response to the pandemic.”
There have been calls in the past few days for Tiley resigns after blaming the government for the whole situation Djokovic handled.
“We tried to do the right thing…which led to the fact that conditions changed forever. You seek clarity, and one or two bits of communication don’t define all the amount of communication that goes on leading up to the event,” Tiley said via Guardians.
Nole also has a battle coming up this summer as he will essentially be banned from entering France this summer as he wants to win the Roland Garros championship and can see if he can reach it. 21 Grand Slams that way or not.
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