Nick Kyrgios backs decision to allow Novak Djokovic to play at 2023 Australian Open

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Tennis star, Nick Kyrgios, has backed the decision to allow Novak Djokovic to compete at the 2023 Australian Open in Melbourne, Victoria next month, The Daily Telegraph has reported.

Kyrgios said during an interview at the World Tennis League in Dubai on Wednesday that Serbian tennis player Djokovic “needs to be playing at all costs” at the Australian tournament.

“He’s one of the greatest of all time and as long as he’s going to be playing and hanging around, we need him at these tournaments,” Kyrgios said.

Novak Djokovic (left) defeated Nick Kyrgios (right) at Wimbledon this year.

“And if I win a tournament, if you don’t go through Novak, then you kind of know the tournament isn’t really a tournament.”

Djokovic was banned from returning to Australia as a consequence of being deported earlier this year over his refusal to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

That decision has since been reversed and the 21-time major champion will get the opportunity to vie for a record-extending 10th Australian Open crown in a few weeks’ time.

Source: The Daily Telegraph.

READ MORE: Novak Djokovic defeats Nick Kyrgios to win Wimbledon final.

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