Australian Open: Novak Djokovic In Draw, Raducanu Plays Sloane Stephens

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Novak Djokovic is still in the Australian Open draw, despite the fact that his stay in the country is still up in the air. Miomir Kecmanovic, a fellow Serb, has been paired against the nine-time champion.

The Australian Open, which begins on Monday at Melbourne Park, is the first Grand Slam of the 2022 season. The draw was supposed to be made at 3 p.m. local time (04:00 GMT) on Thursday, but it was one hour and 15 minutes later.

The world number one is aiming for a record-tying 10th Australian Open men’s title, which would be his 21st Grand Slam victory, putting him ahead of Roger Federer of Switzerland and Rafael Nadal of Spain.

Djokovic is unvaccinated for Covid-19 and had his visa revoked when he arrived in Australia last week, following questions over the vaccine exemption that would have permitted him to enter.

However, on Monday a judge dramatically overturned the decision and ordered the release of the player from an immigration detention hotel.

On Wednesday, Djokovic admitted to meeting a L’Equipe journalist on 18 December despite knowing he had tested positive for Covid, as well as there being mistakes on his immigration forms.

BBC Sport

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