The organizers of the Australian Open included Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic on Thursday in the celebration of the draw for the tournament, amid uncertainty about the possible deportation of the athlete.
The draw, which started one hour late Following a decision that was not explained by the organization, it took place while the Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is expected to rule on the Serbian tennis player’s stay in the country.
The Serbian and first classified in the world will meet in the first round and are compatriots Miomir Kecmanovic.
Djokovic looks to defend his ninth crown achieved on the banks of the Yarra River in the last edition and become the most successful tennis player of all time if he reaches 21 Grand Slam trophies.
The Serbian tennis player arrived in Australia on January 5 to participate in the tournament with a medical exemption for not getting vaccinatedBut customs officials denied him a visa and he was held in a Melbourne hotel, while his lawyers appealed to an Australian court, which ordered his release on Monday.
Djokovic’s future at the Australian Open, which is taking place between January 17 and 30, is still in suspense until the Australian immigration minister decides whether to use his special powers to deport the tennis player for not meeting the requirements imposed by the covid-19 to enter the country.
In some surprising statements, Djokovic admitted on Wednesday that “human errors” were made in his declaration to enter Australia, by omitting that he had been in Spain. before traveling to the oceanic country, and that he attended an interview with a French media in Belgrade despite knowing that he had covid-19.
In the event that the Minister of Immigration decides to cancel your visa, for which there is no deadline, the player could again appeal the decision to court.
The Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrsionsaid today, when asked by journalists, that the decision on the tennis player’s visa rests with the Minister of Immigration and that I preferred not to comment.
An Australian government source has confirmed to the newspapers ‘Sydney Morning Herald’ and ‘The Age’ that the Immigration Minister will not comment on this case this Thursday, which has revealed the the country’s tough immigration policy and its commitment to vaccination against covid-19.