Novak Djokovic makes a sad announcement ahead of his return to Australia

Novak Djokovic, pictured here with his wife Jelena at the ATP Finals.

Novak Djokovic will not participate in the inaugural United Cup before the Australian Open. Photo: Getty

Novak Djokovic’s return to Australia will come a little later than expected after it was confirmed this week that he will not be playing in United’s season-opening FA Cup. The Serbian star will be allowed to return to the country in January after he was He obtained a visa from the Australian government.

However, he will not participate in the new Federation Cup, with Serbia not participating in qualifying for the mixed-gender team event to be held from 29 December to 8 January. be Bulgaria and Kazakhstan.

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According to reports, Djokovic has not nominated himself to play in the event, which means Serbia will not be part of the $23 million tournament. Instead, Djokovic is believed to be eyeing the Adelaide International as a springboard for Australia’s summer before tilting more major slams into the first Grand Slam of the year.

Djokovic revealed last week that he was “very happy” to receive news of the visa allowing him to go on to win his 10th Australian Open title, before it was confirmed in writing to the world. The Serbian star was facing a possible three-year ban from the country due to his deportation at the start of 2022.

“Since the revocation of Mr Djokovic’s visa in January 2022, all Australian Covid-19 related border restrictions under the Biosecurity Act 2015 have been removed, including the requirement to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status to enter Australia,” Immigration Minister Andrew Giles said. in a statement. Subsequently, Mr. Djokovic was granted a temporary visa to enter Australia.

The 35-year-old was facing a possible ban from Australia until 2025, but revealed he was delighted the decision had been overturned. “I was very happy to receive the news yesterday,” Djokovic said.

Speaking in Turin at the ATP FinalsThe Serb added: “It’s a relief, obviously knowing what me and the people closest to me have been through in my life this year with what happened in Australia and obviously post-Australia. I certainly couldn’t have better news – during this tournament as well, it was a tournament.” The Australian Open is my most successful major tournament, and I’ve made some of the best memories there.

“Of course, I want to go back out there, I want to play tennis, do what I do best and hopefully have a great Australian summer. I’m always grateful to have experiences, no matter what the trials are. I try to be upbeat and positive about life. I look forward to starting the year.” What’s new in Australia, and we’ll see how it goes next year.”

Fans were expecting Djokovic to play Serbia in the Fed Cup, but were disappointed by his absence from the event, which replaced the previous ATP Cup.

Nick Kyrgios faces Rafa Nadal in the Federation Cup

Nick Kyrgios in line for successful confrontation With defending champion Rafael Nadal after Australia were drawn in the same group with Spain for the inaugural United Cup. Alex de Minaur and Jason Kubler were two other singles players named in Australia’s eight-man squad.

But Kyrgios will get a crack at Nadal after the Wimbledon finalist secured Australia’s No. 1 spot at the end of the year when de Minaur was unable to reach the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters. According to the rules of the Nations Cup, the two No. 1 players will clash, with the No. 2 respectively plus two women’s singles matches decided on the same basis.

A mixed doubles match can decide a match between five matches. Kyrgios could also be paired with old flame Ajla Tomljanovic after the three-time Grand Slam finalist was named the No. 1 woman on the Australian team alongside Zoe Hives, Maddison Inglis and doubles stars John Peers and Sam Stosur.

Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis, pictured here while playing in the ATP Finals.

Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis playing in the ATP Finals. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

United Cup officials also revealed that women’s world No. 1 Iga Swiatek will be another lead at the premiere of the new summer’s inaugural event. Other notable entries include Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari, Norway’s world number 4 Casper Rudd, Germany’s Alexander Zverev, Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic and Stan Wawrinka.

Brisbane, Perth and Sydney will each host two groups of three nations competing in a league format. The winners of each group will play the city winners advancing to the quarter-finals of the United Cup in Sydney from January 6-8. The next best performing team will complete each of the four group stages.

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