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Novak Djokovic included in delayed Australian Open draw while visa wait continues

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  • Djokovic wins the legal battle and gets his visa back
  • Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is considering revoking the visa by exercising his personal authority against the court’s decision.

The world’s number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic, participated in Thursday’s Australian Open draw, although he is still awaiting a decision from the government on whether he will be expelled or will have a chance to play, as he has not been vaccinated against the coronavirus. Despite this camaraderie, the Australian Open organizers have kept it at a draw. He has to play world number 78 Miyomir Kesmanovich from Serbia in the first round.

Djokovic’s visa was revoked upon his arrival in Melbourne last week because he did not meet the required criteria for medical exemption in the Corona Vaccination Rules. He later won the legal battle and his visa was reinstated. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is considering revoking the visa by exercising his personal authority against the court’s decision.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison called a press conference after the national cabinet meeting, which looks like a decision. Speculation intensified when the draw for the first Grand Slam of the year was postponed 75 minutes. The draws for the women’s and men’s categories would be held at 3:00 p.m. local time, but the tournament manager reported that it has been postponed until further notice.

The Australian Open starts on Monday. “This is the prerogative of the immigration minister and I do not wish to comment further on this at this time,” Morrison said after the meeting on the Djokovic case.

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Australian Open tournament director Craig Tilly also declined to comment after the draw. Meanwhile, Djokovic has continued to practice at the Rod Laver Arena after leaving the quarantine hotel. It acknowledged in a statement on social media Wednesday that its Australian travel detail form had been misinformed. Giving incorrect information on the form can also lead to its removal. If this happens, you will not be able to come to Australia for the next three years. It will be a setback for him as he has won nine of his 20 Grand Slams.

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