Tennis star Novak Djokovic is set to return to play at the ATP Tour event taking place in February in Dubai.
The world No. 1 has missed this month’s Australian Open after being boot out of the country about its vaccine stance.
Australian Judge decided to uphold his expulsion after a series of court fights in which he attempted to claim immunity from Australian jab duty.
His arrival in the country claiming a recent positive test means he could change his vaccine requirements to compete at Melbourne Park.
But Border officials disagree and an intense two-week legal battle ensued.
And Djokovic has ended up leaving ‘extremely disappointed’ after three judges unanimously rejected his last call to stay Down Under and chase a record 21st Grand Slam win.
The 34-year-old is currently on the roster for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Tournament, which kicks off on February 21.
The Serbian legend has not spoken publicly since returning home but was photographed during his trip to Montenegro.
Those entering Dubai do not need to be vaccinated against Covid, so he will be clear to come to the country next month.
That is the tournament that Djokovic often plays in the past, having won it five times.
Djokovic is likely to be severely limited in his playing options if he remains unvaccinated.
He likely won’t be able to compete at major events in Indian Wells and Miami in March, while a leaked email suggests he will struggle to compete at the French Open in May.
https://www.thesun.ie/sport/8264575/novak-djokovic-dubai-return-australian-open/ Novak Djokovic is set to play at the Dubai Tennis Championships next month in the first event since the chaos of the Australian Open