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Novak Djokovic hopes a call is made imminently on whether he can compete on the 2023 Australian Open and revealed there are ‘unofficial positive signs’ over a return to his most successful Grand Slam. The Serbian’s presence in Australia next January stays unsure after he was kicked overseas last yr in a dramatic story that gripped the game.

Djokovic was forced to depart Melbourne after entering for last yr’s tournament on account of not being vaccinated against COVID-19. He was banned from re-entering the country by the Australian government until 2025 and his vaccination status also meant he was unable to compete on this yr’s US Open at Flushing Meadows. 

But 21-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic still has hopes of winning an incredible tenth Australian Open crown in three months time and is anxiously waiting on whether his ban is waived and he can obtain a visa. The 35-year-old is desperate to seek out out if he can compete in order that he can prepare for an additional tilt at glory Down Under.

“In relation to Australia, there are some positive signs, but unofficially,” Djokovic told Sportal. “We’re communicating through my lawyers in Australia. In truth, they’re communicating with the authorities in command of my case. 

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But he still managed to say his fourth straight Wimbledon title in July amid the disruptions, and is adamant that he won’t dwell on last yr’s events in Australia. “I all the time strive to attract positive things from regardless of the experience is, that is a component of my character and my lifestyle,” he added. 

“I do know that every thing that happened in Australia and afterwards – the best way people have treated me, which didn’t feel nice and it’s something I even have never experienced before in my life – has helped me to learn some priceless lessons. Lessons about myself, about life and in regards to the way I should move on on this world, especially within the tennis ecosystem.”

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