The draw for the event was held in Melbourne on Thursday, although it was delayed by more than an hour due to the turmoil surrounding Djokovic.
He was eventually included, although it is not yet certain whether the Serb will be able to compete at the Australian Open.
Djokovic trained at Melbourne Park
In the first round, he will play against his compatriot Kikmanovic, who is ranked 78 in the ATP rankings.
On Wednesday, Djokovic trained again at the facilities of Melbourne Park, which will be the arena for the Australian Open.
The Serb has not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 and therefore has not met the requirements of the event organizers. He was released from this obligation on medical grounds, but after arriving in Australia he was held for several days in Melbourne immigration detention. His visa was revoked by the border guards, who questioned the exemption of medical Serbs from the duty of vaccination.
He was released on Monday. A judge reversed the decision, saying the visa cancellation was “unjustified” because the player was not given time to consult lawyers and tennis officials on arrival.
Controversial application form
Recently, the media noted that the information that Djokovic provided in the application form on the basis of which he applied for a visa, raises more and more doubts. This is considered a crime. In the last 14 days before his trip to Australia, the Serb was only supposed to stay in his home country, but photos and videos on social media suggest he may have been in Spain.
On Wednesday, Djokovic said his travel pass had been filled out by his side who had made an “administrative error”. As he explained, the answer was “no” to the question if he had traveled elsewhere in the 14 days prior to his arrival in Australia.
“This is human error and certainly not intentional,” the tennis player said on Instagram. “We live in difficult times of a global pandemic, and these errors may appear at times,” he added.
The announcement comes as Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is still considering whether to revoke the visa of the world’s number one tennis player. Providing false or misleading information on the form is a criminal offense punishable by up to 12 months in prison and a fine and may lead to visa cancellation.
Djokovic said his lawyers provided additional information to the Australian government on Wednesday.
Djokovic defends his title at the Australian Open
The tournament will start on Monday. The title was defended by Djokovic, who won nine times in his career in Melbourne. If he scores a 10th victory, he will have 21 Grand Slam wins in his group. One more of the big competitors is Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Polish singles also met their rivals on Thursday. Ranked No. 10, Hubert Hurkacz will play Belarusian tennis player Yeager Gerasimov in the first round. The second representative of the White Reds – Kamel McGherzack – went to Italian Andreas Seppi.
The Australian Open is broadcast on Eurosport and at player.pl.
Source: eurosport.pl, PAP, Reuters
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