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

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

  • Serb drawn to play compatriot Miomir Kecmanović in first round
  • Immigration minister’s decision on world No 1 still pending

Novak Djokovic has been confirmed in the official draw for the Australian Open, despite uncertainty over whether the government will cancel his visa for a second time.

Australian immigration minister Alex Hawke is weighing exercising discretionary powers to revoke Djokovic’s visa, which could scuttle the Serb’s bid for a record 21st major title and 10th at Melbourne Park.

After the draw was delayed by more than an hour on Thursday, Djokovic was drawn to play fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanović in the opening round of the year’s opening grand slam tournament.

More to follow.

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