Novak Djokovic included in delayed Australian Open draw as visa call wait continues

  • Serbian to play compatriot Miomir Kecmanović in round one
  • Immigration minister’s decision on world No 1 still pending

Novak Djokovic has been included in the Australian Open draw as the wait to see if his visa will be cancelled for a second time stretches into another day.

As he looks to compete for a men’s record 21st grand slam title, Djokovic has been drawn to face his compatriot Miomir Kecmanović. However, Alex Hawke, the Australian immigration minister, continues to deliberate over whether to use his personal powers to cancel Djokovic’s visa and deport him from the country. According to the federal government, Djokovic arrived in Melbourne without an acceptable medical exemption.

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