After Australian Open draw delay, Novak Djokovic slated to open title defense against fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic


The prime minister dodged the question about the visa.

Scott Morrison has not commented on Novak Djokovic's visa status. (0:19)

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If he's allowed to play, Novak Djokovic will face fellow Serbian Miomir Ke cmanovic in the first round of the Australian Open.

The draw for the men's and women's singles draws at the first major tennis tournament of the 21st century was conducted on Thursday, and the attention was on the visa status of Novak Djokovic.

And after that.

The Australian immigration minister is considering deporting the nine-time and defending Australian Open champion who is not up to date on his vaccinations.

So he is still in limbo.

When his visa was canceled on arrival in Australia last week, top-ranked Novak Djokovic won a legal battle that allowed him to stay in the country.

The Immigration Minister is considering the question after a judge restored the visa of Novak Djokovic.

Four days after he was released from immigration detaining, the 34-year-old Serbian tennis player has been concentrating on the court. He held a practice session at Rod Laver Arena in the afternoon.

If he's allowed to stay, a quarterfinals against Matteo Berrettini or a semifinal against Alexander Zverev are possible.

On the women's side, top-ranked Ash Barty and defending champion Naomi Osaka ended up in the same section of the draw, meaning they could meet in a fourth-round match that has the feeling of a final.

Osaka, who has been ranked as high as No. 1, is now 13th because she has not played in a while.

The Australian Open draw was delayed because of uncertainty over the visa status of Novak Djokovic.

The ceremony was supposed to be held in Melbourne at 3 p.m., but a tournament official told waiting media that it had been postponed until further notice.

It was later changed to .

The Australian Open will be held from Monday to Thursday. The man who shares the men's record of 20 Grand Slam titles with Roger Federer and Nadal traveled to Australia to try to win a 21st title.