“Now there are some compelling reasons that may be looked at, but that’s all hypothetical at this point. Any application will be reviewed on its merits,” Ms Andrews said.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison had a softer stance on Djokovic potentially coming back next year.
“I’m not going to precondition any of that or say anything that would not enable the minister to make the various calls he has to make,” said the PM.
“It does go over a three-year period, but there is the opportunity for [a person] to return in the right circumstances, and that will be considered at the time.”
Speaking on Good Morning Britain today, Richard Madeley questioned tennis star Greg Rudsedski: “His career could be semi-over!”