Will Novak Djokovic play in Australian Open? Newest information on tennis star’s visa resolution

The No. 1 males’s tennis participant on the planet, Novak Djokovic, continues to make headlines with reference to his enjoying standing for the 2022 Australian Open, a grand slam match he is gained 9 occasions.

Djokovic has been outspoken about his ideas in opposition to the COVID-19 vaccination, and though he hasn’t confirmed his unvaccinated standing, it is assumed that he stays unvaccinated. Djokovic was given a medical exemption with a view to journey to Australia, which has strict tips proper now in opposition to the virus. The Australian Open additionally had guidelines in place that the gamers have to be vaccinated to compete. 

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After Djokovic arrived in Australia, although, he was denied entry into the nation. He appealed his visa standing, and he gained the attraction. He was allowed to enter the nation and observe for the upcoming grand slam match, which begins on Monday, Jan. 17. 

Nonetheless, Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke continues to be reviewing Djokovic’s visa standing earlier than he can formally play. The Australian Open draw announcement was delayed 75 minutes, and folks suspected that meant Djokovic’s identify wouldn’t be on the listing. However, to many individuals’s shock, Djokovic sits on the No. 1 spot within the males’s singles draw.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic’s identify is on the Australian Open draw proper now, however will he be capable to keep?

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Is Novak Djokovic enjoying within the Australian Open 2022?

Djokovic’s enjoying standing continues to be undetermined as his visa acceptance is being reviewed at the moment. Nonetheless, within the meantime, he’s the No. 1 seed for the 2022 Australian Open. He faces a fellow Serbian, Miomir Kecmanovic, within the first spherical of the match, starting on Monday.

It is unclear when Immigration Minister Hawke can have a call about Djokovic’s visa standing. Djokovic’s visa was reinstated on Monday, so it is going to be a full week by the point play begins. Hawke has not spoken publicly about any replace in his resolution.

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What occurs if Djokovic has to tug out of the Australian Open?

If Djokovic’s visa standing resolution comes out in opposition to the participant, he will probably be deported from Australia and should drop out of the match.

Relying on when the choice comes will decide who will exchange Djokovic within the match if he has to withdraw. The qualifying match forward of the Australian Open finishes on Friday, Jan. 14, after which the total order of play will probably be launched nearer to Monday. If Djokovic withdraws earlier than the order of play is launched, then No. 5 Andrey Rublev will take Djokovic’s place, in line with the 2022 Grand Slam rulebook.

If the Monday schedule is launched earlier than Djokovic’s withdrawl, then a “fortunate loser” will exchange him. These fortunate losers are gamers who lose within the qualifying rounds, however get an opportunity to play within the match when different gamers should drop out.

And, lastly, if Djokovic already begins enjoying within the match earlier than the choice is made about his visa standing, then his subsequent competitor will simply transfer on to the following spherical.

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