A hopeful Novak Djokovic comments on his chances of playing at the Australian Open next year

Novak Djokovic gives an update about his status for participating at the 2023 Australian Open having been expelled from the country earlier this year.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
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Novak Djokovic, the 35-year-old Serbian tennis professional is widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time by millions across the globe. With 21 grand slam titles to his name, the Serb has well established himself as one of the all-time greats of tennis.

Djokovic has always been the epitome of sportsmanship but ever since the start of the pandemic, the Serb has been surrounded by controversies. Earlier this year, Novak Djokovic was deported from Australia and was unable to compete at the Australian Open.

The Serb is, however, allegedly cleared to play at the upcoming Australian Open next year. Talking with Eurosport about his chances of competing, Djokovic said, “I can only hope, that’s all I can say. The decision is not in my hands.

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Novak Djokovic to compete with Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

The Serb has been facing problems with participating in grand slam tournaments due to his unvaccinated status. Djokovic was also not allowed to compete at the recent US Open for the same reason as well. He will however play in the upcoming 2022 Laver Cup.

The 3-day tournament is scheduled in London where Djokovic can enter without any vaccine requirement in place. The Laver Cup will also be Djokovic’s arch-rival and fellow Big-3 member Roger Federer‘s retirement event as the Swiss maestro is about to end his 24-year long career.

With Djokovic absent from the recently concluded US Open, he will be waiting for some good news from Australia. In Djokovic’s absence this year, Rafael Nadal managed to win the Grand Slam in Melbourne thereby taking a lead in the race for most majors for the first time.

With Nadal defeating Djokovic in the 2022 French Open quarter-finals and then winning the title, he is now on 22 majors. Djokovic however reduced the gap by winning the 2022 Wimbledon but he still remains behind Nadal. With Djokovic a record 9-time winner in Melbourne, he would be keeping his fingers cross to get the chance to play next year.

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