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Australian Open: The Australian Open includes Djokovic in the draw despite doubts about his deportation

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Novak Djokovic will face his Serbian compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round of the Australian Open

Novak Djokovic during one of the trainings in Melbourne.DIEGO FEDELEEFE
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Novak Djokovic will face his Serbian compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round of the Australian Open, according to Thursday’s drawing. As long as by then he has not been expelled from the country. Today the Australian Immigration Minister was scheduled to make the decision on the deportation of the tennis player, but, according to Australian media, it will not be this Thursday. The Serbian, not vaccinated against Covid, is awaiting a decision from the Australian Minister of Immigration, which has discretionary power to expel him.

The draw, scheduled for 5 a.m. in the morning in Spain, was postponed moments before it started in Melbourne Park’s main press room. “The Official Australian Open Draw postponed until further notice “, communicated the organizacin of the tournament.

An hour and a half later the picture began to take shape and Djokovic has met who will be his first rival.

For his part, the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, confirmed that a decision has not yet been made on the possible cancellation of the visa and the deportation of the world’s number one tennis player. The position of the Minister of Immigration, Alex Hawke, who said he was considering canceling the visa or not, “has not changed,” Morrison told a news conference.

An Australian government source confirmed to the newspapers Sydney Morning Herald Y The Age that the Minister of Immigration will not pronounce today on this case that has revealed the country’s harsh immigration policy and its commitment to vaccination against the Covid-19.

Djokovic arrived in Australia on January 5 – to participate in the tournament – with a medical exemption for not being vaccinated, but customs agents denied him a visa and he was held in a Melbourne hotel while his lawyers appealed to an Australian court , that he ordered his release on Monday.

Djokovic’s future at the Australian Open, which is taking place between January 17 and 30, He is still in suspense until the Australian Minister of Immigration decides whether to use his special powers to deport the tennis player for not meeting the requirements imposed by COVID-19 to enter the country.

In some surprising statements, Djokovic admitted this Wednesday that there were “human errors” in his declaration to enter Australia 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 his visa, for which he does not have a deadline, the player may again appeal the decision to justice.

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