It seems the Sydney Morning Herald was right as the Australian Government has now confirmed Novak Djokovic’s three-year ban from Australia is being rescinded – he will be playing the Australian Open in Melbourne next January.
The statement lifting the ban and issued on behalf of the Minister for immigration, Andre Giles, reads as follows:
“Following the cancellation of his visa, Mr Djokovic sought revocation of the cancellation decision in accordance with the Migration Act. After considering all relevant factors, the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, and Multicultural Affairs the Hon Andrew Giles MP decided to revoke the cancellation decision under section 133F(4) of the Migration Act. The power under section 133F(4) may only be exercised by the Minister personally.
“A decision to cancel a visa under section 133C(3) may be revoked if the person satisfies the Minister that the ground for cancelling the visa no longer exists. A decision to revoke a visa cancellation does not mean the original decision to cancel was affected by error.
“Since the cancellation of Mr Djokovic’s visa in January 2022, all COVID-19-related Australian border restrictions under the Biosecurity Act 2015 have been removed, including the requirement to provide evidence of COVID-19 vaccination status to enter Australia.
“Mr Djokovic has subsequently been granted a temporary visa to enter Australia.”
The former world No.1 and 9-time Aussie Open champion, on receiving the news he was hoping for, told reporters attending the ATP Finals in Turin:
“I was very happy to receive the news yesterday. Yeah, it was a relief obviously knowing what I and people closest to me in my life have been through this year with what happened in Australia and post Australia obviously. I could not receive better news for sure – during this tournament as well.
“Of course, knowing that I have clarity now, what I do in the off-season, starting the season in Australia, also of course it relieves some of the pressure me and my team felt. Just giving that clarity makes it great for us.”
Djokovic still remains unvaccinated against Covid19 and while Australia have relaxed their rules, he now hopes the US will follow suit to allow him to play a full calendar next year.