Australia Open 2022: Novak Djokovic certain of playing but visa hitches still lingering

Novak Djokovic

The first round of Australian Open on Monday 17, 2022 will see Novak Djokovic defend his title against Serb Miomir Kecmanovic.

The Serbian was included in the draw despite decisions over his visa, which are yet to be announced.

The world number one men's player was temporarily barred from entering Australia on grounds that he was not vaccinated.

The 34-year-old was infected by Covid-19 in mid-December, but he’s adamant that met the conditions for foreigners entering Australia, despite authorities cancelling his visa

A court ruling overturned the government's visa cancellation on Monday, after finding that immigration officials had not followed proper procedure.

However, reports show that Australia's Immigration Minister Alex Hawke could use his powers to revoke Djokovic's visa, ahead of the games.

The Australian Open will begin on Monday 17-30 January 2022.

The grand slam tennis tournament will take place at Melbourne Park, marking the he 110th edition of the Australian Open, the 54th in the Open Era, and the first Grand Slam of the year 2022.

It will feature professional players in singles, doubles and mixed doubles events. There will also be Junior and wheelchair players competing in singles and doubles.

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