While the Australian Tennis Federation delayed the draw for the Australian Open on Thursday, it was finally able to take place in Melbourne taking into account the participation of world number one Novak Djokovic. The decision to expel the Serb from the country is still pending.
While the draw for the Australian Open, scheduled for Thursday in Melbourne, had been delayed, the Australian Tennis Federation finally proceeded with the draw taking into account the participation of world number one Novak Djokovic, still threatened with expulsion from the country. If the Serb gets permission to stay in the territory, he would face his compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round of the Australian Open.
Not vaccinated against Covid, Novak Djokovic is awaiting a decision from the Australian Minister of Immigration who has discretionary power to deport him. A court decision handed down on Monday authorizes the defending champion to remain on the territory despite irregularities in the procedure for obtaining his visa.
Djokovic still threatened with deportation from Australia
The participation of Novak Djokovic, defending champion, is threatened by a possible expulsion from Australia. The 34-year-old Serb had availed himself of an exemption from vaccination against Covid-19 on his arrival in Melbourne on January 5 due to contamination in December. However, the immigration services did not accept this explanation, canceled his visa and placed him in administrative detention pending his deportation.
But a judge ruled in his favor on January 10 and ordered his immediate release. “Djoko” has been able to train since. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday that a decision on Novak Djokovic’s visa had not yet been made.
Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, however, said on Tuesday that he was considering canceling his visa again using his discretionary powers. Djokovic admitted on Wednesday that he had not respected the isolation rules in force in Serbia after his contamination, and had incorrectly completed his entry form into the country.