Novak Djokovic doesn’t know if he will be allowed to play in the year’s first Grand Slam tournament, but he does know who his first opponent will be.
The defending champion drew fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round of the Australian Open, scheduled to begin January 17.
Whether that match will ever happen is still up in the air, as Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is still deciding whether to deport Djokovic, who is not vaccinated against COVID-19.
Djokovic initially had his visa cancelled upon arriving at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport last week when his vaccination exemption was denied. A judge allowed Djokovic to remain in the country, and reinstated his visa on Monday.
Hawke still has the power to deport Djokovic and cancel his visa for a second time, as inconsistencies in his case continue. A decision could come by Friday.
Djokovic is a nine-time Australian Open champion, and is tied with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for 20 Grand Slam titles, the most among male tennis players.