Seven time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic desires to play Australian Open next year

Seven-time Wimbledon champion, Novak Djokovic is hoping to be allowed to play at the Australia Open next year.

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Novak Djokovic refused to vaccinate against COVID-19 on January 2021. As a result, he couldn't defend his Melbourne Park crown. He has won Wimbledon title for the seventh time, holds 21 Grand Slam titles. After that? Will the number of Grand Slam titles in Djokovic's cupboard increase further? The Serbian desires to be allowed to play Australian Open next year despite being kicked out of the country over his vaccination status in January. After winning Wimbledon, he has made it clear that he has no plans to take the corona vaccine.

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The defending champion, Novak Djokovic has won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles in 2021 but couldn't defend his Melbourne Park crown because of his refusal. He lost his French Open title after losing to Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals this year but retained his Wimbledon title on Sunday. The US Open is starting from August 29. That is the last Grand Slam of the year. The Australian Open is next year. But he has to get vaccinated to play in these two competition. Currently, he has no permission to enter the United States while his deportation from Australia carried with it a three-year re-entry ban.

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"As things stand now, I cannot travel to Australia and the United States, but I am hoping to get positive news," Djokovic told RTS. He added, "I believe things will change for Australian Open. For the U.S. Open there is not much time, but hope dies last. I would like to play at the U.S. Open and Australia Open, but even if I do not it's not the end of the world."

21-time Grand Slam winner missed the Australian Open earlier this year because of his vaccine issue. That's why he doesn't want to miss the tournament this year. Australia scrapped a rule that required international travelers to declare their COVID vaccination status last week. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that his re-entry ban could be reconsider in the right circumstances.

However, The 35-year old has won last four Wimbledon titles in 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022. He is now one step behind from Rafael Nadal to overtake the record of 22 Grand Slam titles.

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