Novak Djokovic included in official draw for Australian Open 2022
Australia’s Federal Circuit Court has quashed the government’s decision to cancel the world number one tennis player's visa.
Melbourne: Top seed and nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic has been included in the official draw for the Australian Open. He will begin his title defence against compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic in the opening round of the year’s opening grand slam tournament.
The confirmation comes despite uncertainty over whether the government will cancel his visa for a second time.
According to The Guardian, Australian immigration minister Alex Hawke is weighing exercising discretionary powers to revoke Djokovic’s visa, which could scuttle the Serb’s bid for a record 21st major title and 10th at Melbourne Park.
Australia’s Federal Circuit Court has quashed the government’s decision to cancel the world number one tennis player's visa. The court ordered the release of Djokovic from immigration detention immediately.
However, the federal government’s counsel said that ministerial powers could be invoked to cancel Djokovic’s visa, according to The Guardian. That would mean Djokovic, 34, could again face deportation and could miss the Australian Open, which starts on January 17.