Djokovic already has a rival at the Australian Open without the Government making a statement

  • Miomir Kecmanovic, compatriot of the number one, will be his first opponent.

  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the Immigration chief is still considering canceling the player’s visa.

Alex Hawke, Immigration Minister, will not make any decision on Thursday on the possible cancellation of Novak Djokovic’s visa, government sources quoted by ‘The Age’, a Melbourne newspaper, said. “It is his competence. The Immigration Minister is still considering the cancellation of the visa,” said Scott Morrison, Prime Minister, to questions from journalists after a press conference in which he reported on the new measures adopted in the oceanic country to combat the advance of the omicron.

At the same time, the organizers of the Australian Open on Thursday included the Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic in the draw that was held at dawn in Spain an hour late, possibly waiting for news about the number one in the world. It fell to him in luck to face his compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic, whose best ranking, achieved in 2019, has been position number 58 in the world ranking.

Nadal’s rival

For its part, Reef Nadal fell on the side of Djokovic so, if both continue in competition, they would meet in the semifinals. The Majorcan tennis player will debut against the American Marcos Giron. Due to the absence of the Spaniard in the last phase of last season, due to his foot injury, he fell to sixth place in the ATP classification, so it was a risk, as has happened, that he faced the Serbian before the final.

But the big question, which will have to wait one more day, is to know if finally Djokovic will be able to participate in the Australian Open. The local press expected the prime minister to say something more specific in his appearance. In fact, the first questions turned more towards the future of the Serbian tennis player than towards the pandemic situation in the country with a constant trickle of infected Australians. This Thursday, in the state of Victoria, whose capital is Melbourne, there were more than 37,000 new cases with almost a thousand people hospitalized.

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But nevertheless, Morrison he was clear in assuring, or so he told Australian journalists, that he was not going to interfere in the decision made by his minister Hawke in whose hands is the most immediate sporting future of Djokovic. The draw ensures a rival but not the presence in the tournament. If the Serbian tennis player’s visa is finally cancelled, the first ranked player among those who failed to pass the qualifying phase would take his place and face Kecmanovic.

Hawke and his advisers are studying the certificate that Djokovic presented at Melbourne airport passport control after doubts arose as to whether or not it was authentic. Likewise, it is considered whether there are sufficient reasons to cancel the visa after not informing the player that he spent a few days off in Andalusia to celebrate the New Year, which Djokovic attributed to “human error”. This last situation also causes a problem for the Spanish authorities since if it is confirmed that the date of the tennis player’s positive PCR is after December 16, then he could not have entered Spain. ‘New York Times’ and ‘Der Spiegel’ attribute the date of the positive to December 26.

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Meanwhile, Djokovic He continues to prepare his participation in the Australian Open, which begins on Monday, with apparent normality, a tournament that is also being affected by anticovid restrictions. Thus, this Thursday, as reported by Efe, the Government of Victoria decided reduce by 50% the capacity of Melbourne Park. “These developments for the Australian Open mean that fans, players and workers can expect an incredible event in terms of measures against covid-19 & rdquor ;, explained the acting Minister of Tourism Jaala Pulford. It will therefore be the second consecutive year that the Australian ‘major’ reduces its capacity as a result of the pandemic.

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