Uncertainty over whether Djokovic’s visa will be cancelled again by the Australian government persists but the world number one men’s player has been drawn to play in the tournament. He will defend his title against fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round. Djokovic, 34, was held in immigration detention in Melbourne for five days before a court overturned the government’s visa cancellation. However, Australia’s Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is still considering using his powers to revoke Djokovic’s visa, a spokesman said. Djokovic admitted on Wednesday that he had also broken Covid isolation rules in Serbia after meeting up with people when he knew he was positive with the virus. Spanish media have also raised questions, as Serbs are banned from entering Spain unless they are vaccinated or receive special permission to enter.
On Thursday, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison declined to say when a decision might come from his government. Djokovic has won 20 Grand Slam titles, a record he shares with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The tournament is scheduled to begin on Monday. After all, Djokovic is a polarising player. “He’s a fine young sportsman with the right attitude and the right character, he just has a different view on life. He has a different view how he eats, how he drinks, how he sleeps. That’s where you can’t criticise him. Maybe that’s the reason he’s so successful, but he’s not for everybody – I get it,” his former coach Boris Becker told media.