Novak Djokovic Plans Return For Australian Open In 2023: Tournament Chief Craig Tiley | Tennis News

Novak Djokovic wants to play in the Australian Open in 2023, tournament chief Craig Tiley said on Sunday, blaming “miscommunication” for his exile ahead of this year’s event. The world number one visa was revoked before the start of the Grand Slam due to its Covid-19 vaccine status, an event that led to a stalemate. He flew from Melbourne a week ago after failing to breathe a sigh of relief to aim for a record 21st major title after a long legal battle with Australian authorities.

Tilly has kept a low profile since then, but when asked on Sunday if his visa could be revoked for three years, he answered: “Yes.”

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“Of course, he has to play this year, but that would be his goal,” he told public broadcaster ABC.

“At the end of the day, he’s the number one player in the world and he really loves the Australian Open.”

Djokovic’s longtime coach Marian Vazda said last weekend that “the whole situation has hurt him emotionally”.

“It will hit him for a long time and it will be difficult to get it out of his head,” he told the Sport.sk website, referring to the “unjust political process” that erupted when Djokovic was booted out.

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After initially dismissing Djokovic from Tennis Australia’s chief medical officer, Tiley blamed “perpetual variability” and “miscommunication” with the federal government for his deportation.

The argument was that he had contracted Kovid-19 in the last six months, but it was challenged and he had to leave after a legal battle.

Tiley said Tennis Australia has repeatedly sought clarification from national authorities, but the evolving nature of the Omicron variant meant “there was a lot of conflict and complexity with the information”.

“Even since last week (the ruler), things have changed in response to the epidemic,” Tilly said.

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“We were at the beginning of Omicron and that’s why we were constantly looking for clarity, and before, after, there was a lot of complexity and contrast of information and it’s going on everywhere.”

Djokovic is now back in Serbia, his image has been severely damaged and his future is uncertain.

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The report suggested he could sue Tennis Australia to recover his court fees and travel costs, but Tiley said “no” when asked if legal action was expected.

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