Ironically: Russians and Belarusians are welcome, Serbs are not yet

Ironically: Russians and Belarusians are welcome, Serbs are not yet

Remember how tennis star Novak Djokovic had to leave Australia in January because he wasn’t vaccinated? Eight months later, it was a completely different story. Cricketers can enter the field even if they have COVID-19. Will they let him go to Australia now? Russians and Belarusians are already welcome in the tournament.

Back in January we were able to watch Novak Djokovic’s epic after his Serbian visa was revoked by an Australian court and he was forced to leave the country a day before the Australian Open kicks off. Australia was one of the countries that has taken very strict measures regarding entry into the country. These measures were relaxed in June of this year.




These days there is a cricket competition in Australia as they do not have any restrictions regarding covid-19.  |  Photo: Reuters


These days there is a cricket competition in Australia as they do not have any restrictions regarding covid-19.
Photo: Reuters

The Australian government has not given them any restrictions

Today, Australia appears to be a very different world from what we saw in the media just eight months ago. These days, a cricket competition (T20 World Cup) is held there. Believe it or not, players with coronavirus can still enter the field. The Australian Government has not imposed any restrictions with respect to this competition. There is also no mandatory test. This is the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic that all conditions have been eased. Ironically, this is happening in a country where tennis star Novak Djokovic was not allowed to play at the Australian Open because he was not vaccinated.

“If a player tests positive for covid-19 but feels well enough to play, he can play in the match. He should consult the medical team beforehand. Infected players will be asked to follow the protocols of the Biosafety Advisory Group.” “Protocols such as wearing masks and maintaining a distance between colleagues.”




Novak Djokovic |  Photo: Reuters


Photo: Reuters

Will he lift his ban early? The lawyer is optimistic.

Rumors and speculation are already starting to rise today, about whether one of the best tennis players will be able to come to Melbourne next January to participate in the Australian Open. Let us remind you that in addition to being expelled from the country, the man from Belgrade has been banned from entering Australia for three years. But now there is still the possibility that this ban will be lifted early.

Kun Ming Tsaya, an Australian immigration lawyer with years of experience in such cases, is very optimistic about this. He believes it is in Australia’s best interest for Novak Djokovic to come to Australia in early 2023. « I don’t think there is any risk in letting him return. He will not cause any problems for society. He is one of the best tennis players in the world and will attract a lot of foreign tennis fans. »

Djokovic has yet to officially say whether he will apply for a visa to enter Australia. There was no word from his camp that he would do so either. The fact that he left Australia immediately after his visa was revoked and that he did not criticize the Australian authorities at the time certainly indicates the interest of the Serbs.







« This is not an issue that I can pressure on. This is an issue that Novak Djokovic and the Australian government have to resolve. »
Photo: Gulliverimage

Djokovic will have to explain

As explained on the Australian Department of Home Affairs website, Novak must first explain in writing why the ban on entering the country should be suspended in his case.

Australian Open director Craig Tilley also said that as organizers they would be happy if the 21-time Grand Slam winner came back, but they couldn’t help him put pressure on the Australian government. « This is not an issue I can pressure on. This is an issue that Novak Djokovic and the Australian government have to resolve, » Telles, who came under fire in January after placing Novak in an immigration hotel, told ABC News.




Craig Tiley won't be able to help him, but he will be happy if Djokovic returns to Melbourne next year.  |  Photo: Gulliverimage


Craig Tiley won’t be able to help him, but he will be happy if Djokovic returns to Melbourne next year.
Photo: Gulliverimage

He would like to return, but realizes that the Australian government has the last word

The longtime Australian Championship number one has revealed, among other things, that he met the Serbian tennis star last month and that he has no grudges against the tournament, which is considered the first major tournament of the tennis season.

“He told me that he would definitely like to come back to Australia, but is aware of the fact that the final decision will be made by the Australian Federal Government and he accepts it. If you notice, he plays a lot at the end of the season and hopefully his request will be successful. It all depends on him.”

Russians and Belarusians are welcome

It is already clear that Russian and Belarusian players will be able to play in Australia. The International Tennis Federation banned Russia and Belarus from playing in each of the two teams’ competitions – the Davis Cup and the Billie Jean King Cup. However, they can perform in tournaments, but not under their own flags or anthems. « Russian and Belarusian players will be eligible to play in the Australian Open. The only difference is that they cannot represent Russia or play under the Russian flag, » said Tilley.




Novak Djokovic returned to the field after a long absence in October and won two tournaments, most recently in Astana, Kazakhstan.  We can expect him again at the Masters Series tournament in Paris.  |  Photo: Reuters


Novak Djokovic returned to the field after a long absence in October and won two tournaments, most recently in Astana, Kazakhstan. We can expect him again at the Masters Series tournament in Paris.
Photo: Reuters

Drop in rankings due to ban

Novak Djokovic is currently ranked seventh in the world. The drop in the ATP rating is mainly due to the fact that he was not able to play in many tournaments this season. In addition to the ban at the Australian Open, he was not allowed to play on the US Tour nor the US Open. The fact that he didn’t get any points at Wimbledon this year, where he won, didn’t help him at all. The ATP decided not to award points because players from Russia and Belarus were banned from playing.



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