Novak Djokovic named men’s top seed for 2022 Australian Open – WFTV

MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic has been officially named the men’s top seed for the 2022 Australian Open, ending speculation over the world’s No. 1 player status.

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The Australian Open draw was briefly postponed on Thursday “until further notice”, four days before the start of the main draw at the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year.

Update at 12:42 a.m. EST on January 13: Novak Djokovic has been officially installed as the No. 1 men’s seed for the 2022 Australian Open, paving the way for the nine-time champion to defend his title at the first Grand Slam of the season. Whether Djokovic actually plays remains to be seen. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he would not comment further on a potential decision on Djokovic’s visa, adding that the matter was up to Immigration Minister Alex Hawke.

Update at 12:30 p.m. EST on January 13: Australian Open officials conducted the women’s singles draw first; the men’s draw is to follow.

Original report: There was speculation that the delay reflected some uncertainty among government officials over the status of Novak Djokovic, the reigning men’s champion and nine-time winner of the event.

The draw, to determine the men’s and women’s singles brackets, was due to take place at 3pm local time in Melbourne, but a tournament official told reporters the ceremony had been postponed until further notice and declined any other comments. The Associated Press reported.

Djokovic said he intends to take part in this year’s event as he aims for his 21st Grand Slam title. He was released from hotel detention on Monday, Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported. The world number one male player arrived in Melbourne on January 5 but was detained for more than eight hours before his visa was revoked.

A later federal circuit court judge reversed cancellation. Djokovic won reinstatement for procedural reasons which allowed him to remain in Australia, according to The Associated Press.

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Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is considering allowing Djokovic to play since the judge reinstated the player’s visa, according to the PA.

Earlier, Djokovic admitted that his Australian travel declaration form contained incorrect information. The Serbian star is not vaccinated against COVID-19, for reasons of public interest, the PA reported.

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