Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has called on his country to welcome Novak Djokovic with “open arms.” Djokovic, 35, was deported from Australia earlier this year and handed a three-year from entering the country.

In an interview with Sportal, Djokovic revealed that his lawyers have been communicating with the Australian authorities and that there are “positive signs” that he will be allowed to return to Australia next year.

“He’s had a rough run the last nine months and not being able to play here, play here, not being able to play here, hopefully, Australia welcomes him with open arms this time. I hope he is here, for the sport. We just saw one of the legends leave the sport, Roger, and that’s going to be some shoes that no one is ever going to be able to fill.

While Novak and Rafa [Rafael Nadal] are still around, we need these types of players. Otherwise, the people of Australia love the AO, Ash Barty brought us crowds, me and Thanasi [Kokkinakis] won it,” Kyrgios said during the opening of an NBA store in Sydney, per Sportskeeda.

Kyrgios hopes to see Djokovic at the 2023 Australian Open

Kyrgios, 27, made his maiden Grand Slam singles final at this year’s Wimbledon. Kyrgios competed extremely well and fought hard in the Wimbledon final, but Djokovic won the title after recovering from a set down.

Kyrgios, who aims to win his first Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open, wants Djokovic to be there. “We want to see the best players in the world there. Me being a competitor, I want to see Novak there. He’s some of the reason why I play.

As a kid, you want to play the best players in the world in the best stadiums. Hopefully, he is there,” Kyrgios added.

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