Novak Djokovic to play Australian Open 1st round match pending court decision

The Australian Open released its first round schedule and it included men’s tennis defending champion Novak Djokovic’s tie against unseeded fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic.

The court will decide the fate of Novak Djokovic after a rollercoaster 10 days that saw him detained by immigration authorities, released and then detained again ahead.

The court will decide the fate of Novak Djokovic after a rollercoaster 10 days that saw him detained by immigration authorities, released and then detained again ahead. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Djokovic’s court hearing on his 2nd visa cancellation was adjourned on Sunday
  • His visa was cancelled by the Australian government after the court had reinstated it
  • Djokovic is yet to be vaccinated and his visa was cancelled the first time after he arrived in Australia

Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic was included in the schedule released by the Australian Open for its first round matches pending a court decision on his visa cancellation. Djokovic was drawn to face unseeded fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic and the match will take place in the evening session on Monday at Rod Laver Arena, organisers said.

Defending champion Djokovic is appealing the cancellation of his visa by Australia’s Immigration Minister Alex Hawke at the Federal Court, which may release a decision later on Sunday as to whether the Serb can remain in the country.

Earlier the federal court adjourned Djokovic’s visa case to consider its verdict after hearing arguments from lawyers representing the player and the federal immigration minister.

“We would hope to be in a position to identify to the parties later in the afternoon what the course is that we propose,” Chief Justice James Allsop told the court.

The court will decide the fate of the tennis star after a rollercoaster 10 days that saw him detained by immigration authorities, released and then detained again ahead of a tournament that starts on Monday.

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