Is Novak Djokovic Allowed to Play in the 2023 Australian Open? (COVID Restrictions Explained)

Jason Schandl
Is Novak Djokovic allowed to play in the 2023 Australian Open? COVID visa rules explained.
Is Novak Djokovic allowed to play in the 2023 Australian Open? COVID visa rules explained. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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One of the biggest headlines from the 2022 Australian Open was about who wasn't playing rather than who was.

Novak Djokovic was ineligible to enter the country and play in the 2022, having his visa revoked for not being vaccinated against COVID-19.

Having one of the top players in the world missing would be a big deal in any major, but Djokovic's dominance in Australia made this particularly notable. Djokovic's nine singles titles are the most for any man in Australian Open history. He had won three straight form 2019 to 2021, and he had 8 wins in an 11-year stretch from 2011 to 2021. In his absence, Rafael Nadal won his second ever Australian Open title (and first since 2009).

So with Djokovic being such a key cog of this tournament every year, fans are naturally wondering if he'll be back in action for the 2023 Australian Open.

Is Novak Djokovic Playing in the Australian Open? COVID Visa Rules Explained

Novak Djokovic is set to play in the 2023 Australian Open. All COVID-19 restrictions for entering the country have been lifted, and once that happened Djokovic announced that he intends to play. He will still need to obtain a visa as usual, but with his vaccination status no longer relevant he should have no issues with the process.

With all of this in mind, FanDuel Sportsbook's Australian Open odds have Djokovic as the favorite, at +110, to earn an incredible 10th Australian Open title.

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