Australian Open 2022 from January 17 in Eurosport and Player
The draw for the event in Melbourne took place on Thursday, albeit more than an hour late due to the commotion around Djokovic.
It was eventually included, although it is not yet certain whether the Serb will be able to compete at the Australian Open.
Djoković trained in Melbourne Park
In the first round, he is to play against compatriot Kecmanovic, who is ranked 78th in the ATP ranking.
On Wednesday, Djoković once again trained at the Melbourne Park facilities, which will be the arena of the Australian Open.
Serb has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far and thus has not met the requirements of the event organizers. He was released from this obligation on medical grounds, but after his arrival in Australia, he was held for several days in immigration detention in Melbourne. His visa was canceled by border guards who questioned Serb’s medical exemption from the obligation to vaccinate.
He was released on Monday. A judge overruled the decision, saying the visa cancellation was “unjustified” because the player was not given time to consult lawyers and tennis officials upon arrival.
Controversial application form
Recently, the media pointed out that the information that Djoković included in the application form on the basis of which he applied for a visa is raising more and more doubts. And this is treated as a crime. In the last 14 days before his trip to Australia, the Serb was supposed to stay only in his home country, but photos and videos on social media indicate that he may have been in Spain.
On Wednesday, Djoković said his travel declaration was completed by his team which made an “administrative error”. As he explained, the answer was “no” to the question whether he had traveled elsewhere in the 14 days prior to arriving in Australia.
“This is a human mistake and it was definitely not on purpose,” the tennis player said on Instagram. “We live in difficult times of a global pandemic and sometimes these errors can arise,” he added.
The announcement comes at a time when Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is still considering whether to cancel the world’s number one tennis player’s visa. Providing false or misleading information on the form is a criminal offense which carries a sentence of up to 12 months in prison and a fine and may lead to the annulment of the visa.
Djoković said his lawyers provided additional information to the Australian government on Wednesday.
Djoković defends his title at the Australian Open
The tournament will start on Monday. The title is defended by Djoković, who won nine times in his career in Melbourne. If he adds a tenth triumph, he will have 21 Grand Slam wins in his collection. One more than big rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Polish singles also met their rivals on Thursday. Seeded with number 10, Hubert Hurkacz will play against Belarusian tennis player Yeger Gerasimov in the first round. The second representative of the White-Reds – Kamil Majchrzak – went to the Italian Andreas Seppi.
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Source: eurosport.pl, PAP, Reuters