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Novak Djokovic: 'I believe things will change for the Australian Open'

Will Novak Djokovic be able to play the Australian Open after all? He says he 'believes things will change' amid reports of government intervention on his behalf.
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Novak Djokovic says he believes he will be able to play the Australian Open next year despite the ugly deportation saga.

Djokovic initially travelled to Australia under a medical exemption from the vaccination requirement, but he was stopped at the border and detained instead.

From there his visa was rescinded, then restored, and then he was eventually deported under executive power from the immigration minister.

Usually, a deportation order comes with an automatic three-year disqualification from being awarded a visa, and if that is the case then there would be a very real possibility that Djokovic could have played his last ever tournament in Melbourne.

However, since that messy affair, there has been a change of government in Australia, and Djokovic believes that brings hope.

“As things stand now, I cannot travel to Australia and the United States, but I am hoping to get positive news,” Djokovic told RTS outside Belgrade City Hall at a public reception for to honour his latest Wimbledon triumph.

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“I believe things will change for Australian Open. For the US Open there is not much time, but hope dies last.

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“I would like to play at the US Open and Australia Open, but even if I do not, it’s not the end of the world.”

His comments follow a report in the British press that new Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is ‘sympathetic’ to Novak Djokovic and may interfere on his behalf.

The report in the Daily Mail claims Albanese is a big tennis fan and has close links to Tennis Australia, and that will make him a powerful ally as Craig Tiley works to get the nine-time champion back to headline his tournament.

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