Djokovic, who had reached Australia for the yr’s first Grand Slam with a certificates claiming exemption from vaccination as he had examined optimistic for Covid-19 in December, had his visa cancelled by the Australian authorities earlier than a Federal Court in the nation intervened to present him respite.
There had been nonetheless doubts over his participation in the occasion and there was intense hypothesis on Thursday when the draw ceremony for the occasion was delayed for a while. However, the organisers went forward with the formalities with the Serbian’s title being included in the draw.
Djokovic, the 9-time Australian Open winner, is hoping to turn out to be probably the most profitable participant in the Grand Slam by claiming his twenty first males’s singles title in the Australian Open, which begins on January 17, breaking a tie for many titles with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. He is prone to face his first seeded participant — twenty fifth ranked Lorenzo Sonego of Italy — in the third spherical.
Meanwhile, a choice is but to come back by way of from Australia’s Minister of Immigration Alex Hawke as as to whether or not the highest-seeded Serb and 9-time champion will likely be allowed to defend his title.
Second seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia will open his marketing campaign towards Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland, ranked 92nd in the world. Next up for Medvedev will likely be Australian hothead Nick Kyrgios, who has lately withdrawn from the Sydney International resulting from a Covid optimistic take a look at and can open his Australian Open marketing campaign towards a qualifier if he recovers in time.
Other notable matchups embrace ladies’s world no.1 and high feminine seed, Ashleigh Barty who is ready to face a qualifier in the primary spherical. The Australian might face 2021 ladies’s singles champion and present world no. 14 Naomi Osaka in the fourth spherical.
Rafael Nadal, Spanish world no. 6 will face American world no. 66, Marcos Giron in spherical one whereas German world no. 3 Alexander Zverev was drawn towards fellow German Altmaier Daniel.
Chinese participant Zhang Shuai who received the match’s doubles championship with Australia’s Samantha Stosur in 2019 will play towards Viktorija Golubic.
Earlier on Thursday the Victoria authorities and Tennis Australia introduced that crowds could be capped at 50 p.c for this yr’s occasion because of the spiraling Omicron outbreak in the state.
All ticket gross sales could be paused at 50 p.c of capability for classes that haven’t but offered previous that time.
“These updates to arrangements for the Australian Open will mean that fans, players and the workforce can look forward to a terrific COVID-safe event in Australia’s event capital,” Victorian Tourism Minister Jaala Pulford mentioned in an announcement.