The world’s number one was drawn in his first round of matches while the Australian Immigration Minister was still considering whether to transfer Djokovic over his Covid-19 vaccine exemption.
Novak Djokovic is included in the official draw for the Australian Open, but it is still unclear whether the government will cancel his visa for the second time.
World number one was drawn on Thursday with fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic, who was ranked 78th for his first round match.
Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is considering nine deportations and defends the Australian Open champion who has not been vaccinated with Covid-19.
Top-ranked Djokovic canceled his visa when he arrived in Melbourne last week because he was denied vaccination exemptions, but for procedural reasons he won a court battle that allowed him to stay in the country.
Hawk has been considering this question since the judge reinstated Djokovic’s visa last Monday. The tournament will start next Monday.
If he is allowed to stay, the bid for Djokovic’s 21st major title in the men’s record will be in the quarterfinals against Matteo Berrettini in 7th place, and perhaps in the semifinals against Rafael Nadal or the third seeded Alexander Zverev. May mean.
Possibility of withdrawal
The lottery was postponed due to uncertainties in Djokovic’s visa status.
It was scheduled to take place at 3:00 pm local time, but tournament officials declined to comment, telling the waiting media that the ceremony had been postponed until further notice. Eventually it started around 4:15 pm local time.
According to the 2022 Grand Slam Rulebook, if Djokovic was forced to withdraw from the tournament before the order of play on Day 1 was announced, Djokovic’s spot in the bracket would be No. 5 seed Andrey Rublev. Go to.
If Djokovic withdraws from the tournament after the Monday schedule is announced, he will be replaced by what is called a “lucky loser” in the field. It began.
And if Djokovic is told that he has played in more than one match and is no longer able to participate in the tournament, the next opponent will only move on to the next round and there will be no replacement.
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