Djokovic returns after Covid ban

Novak Djokovic (AP photo)
Novak Djokovic (AP photo)

NOVAK Djokovic is set to make his return to action at the Australian Open after being banned from the country a year ago because he was not vaccinated against Covid-19.

He has won 30 of his past 31 tournament matches dating to the end of last season.

He is chasing his 10th trophy at the Australian Open and 22nd Grand Slam title overall, which would tie rival Rafael Nadal for the most by a man in tennis history.

Djokovic faces Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023 at Rod Laver Arena in a first-round matchup. No. 2 seed Casper Ruud opens against Tomas Machac, while three-time major champion Andy Murray takes on Matteo Berrettini.

The No. 2-seeded woman, two-time Slam runner-up Ons Jabeur, plays Tamara Zidansek, and No. 4 Caroline Garcia faces Katherine Sebov. (AP)

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