Novak Djokovic cannot enter Australia, let alone compete in the 2023 Australian Open, as things currently look bleak for the nine-time champion. However, the Serb has already offered to share some wine from his family vineyard with his fellow players while relaxing with them in Australia, before cheekily admitting that it would be possible “if I’m there.”
As things stand, Djokovic’s Australian visa is banned until January 2025 after he was deported earlier this year. Meanwhile, the Serbian tennis great’s family recently launched their own brand of wine, produced in a family vineyard in Serbia.
When asked about the same during a press conference ahead of the 2022 ATP Finals this week, Djokovic said that while he may not try some of that wine this week, he looks forward to sharing it with his colleagues on tour before the Australian Open, and joked about being there Down Under.
“I don’t know too much about it as well. My uncle is producing the wine. He’s coming in a few days and I’m sure he’s going to bring a couple of bottles,” the Serb said. “I’m probably not going to try it with you this week, but I’ll be happy to share it with these guys, if they want to, maybe before Australia when we’re a bit more relaxed. If I’m there as well,” he added with a chuckle.
Djokovic has been very hopeful, of late, that a relaxation in the vaccine mandate would also lead to his visa ban being overturned in time for the Australian Open. The vaccine mandate is no longer an obstacle for him as unvaccinated foreigners are now allowed into Australia. But the fact that he was deported will require special consideration and exemption from the government if his visa ban is to be overturned.
However, his immediate focus is on winning the 2022 ATP Finals, where his campaign begins on Monday against Stefanos Tsitsipas.