Novak Djokovic gets massive boost after bombshell rule change

Novak Djokovic (pictured) reacting after a point at Wimbledon.
Novak Djokovic (pictured) could be set to defend his Wimbledon title this year. (Getty Images)

World No.1 tennis star Novak Djokovic could be allowed to defend his Wimbledon title after a change in the country's border restrictions.

Djokovic made international headlines after he spent five nights in an Australian immigration detention hotel before being deported after having his visa cancelled.

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The saga gripped the world as tennis fans wondered when they would see Djokovic again on the ATP Tour after the unvaccinated star also learned of a number of other events he might not be able to attend.

However, Djokovic would be looking at the situation in the UK very closely it was announced in parliament all unvaccinated travellers will soon be able to enter the country.

They will, however, have to undergo PCR testing two days before departure and within two days after landing.

“Today I can confirm that our international travel regime will now be liberalised as part our efforts to ensure that 2022 is the year in which restrictions on travel, on lockdowns and limits on people’s lives are firmly placed in the past,” UK Transport Secretary said Grant Shapps said in Parliament.

The move would surely please Djokovic, who was unable to compete for his 9th Australian Open title and a record men's 21 grand slams.

Despite some confusion over whether Djokovic will be granted an exemption to play at Roland Garros, the World No.1 won't be able to play at the US Open as it stands.

Novak Djokovic, pictured here with the trophy after winning Wimbledon in 2021.
Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning Wimbledon in 2021. (Photo by Simon Bruty/Anychance/Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic listed in Dubai Open

In another win for Djokovic, the World No.1 has been confirmed on the entry list in Dubai following his deportation from Australia.

The event will start on February 14 and will feature a number of the World's Top 20 players.

Vaccination passports are not a requirement to enter Dubai with a negative Covid-19 test needed 72 hours and six hours before the flight, as well as after landing.

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