Novak Djokovic Is In The Australian Open Draw!
by Staff | January 13th, 2022, 1:32 am
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After about 12 hours of speculation and even delays, Novak Djokovic is officially in the Australian Open draw. Will he stay there is another matter.

All day there was talk the Serb would be pulled from the tournament. Just minutes before the 3pm draw and shortly after a Djokovic finished a practice, the event abruptly postponed the ceremony without explanation.

Even more ominous was the news the Australian PM was set to speak some 45 minutes later. But his news conference came and went without a statement on Djokovic, and the Australian draw got underway at 4:15pm.

Djokovic drew his countryman Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round. He could face Tommy Paul in the second, Lorenzo Sonego or Sam Querrey in the third, with Cristian Garin or Gael Monfils in the fourth and his Wimbledon final foe Matteo Berrettini in the quarters.

Djokovic, who is seeking a 10th Australian Open title and record-breaking 21st Grand Slam crown, is projected to meet either Alexander Zverev or Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.

Second favorite Daniil Medvedev is in the bottom half. He could face Nick Kyrgios in the second round, Ugo Humber (who he is 0-2 against) in the third with Andrey Rublev in the quarters. Casper Ruud, Jannik Sinner and Stefanos Tsitsipas could be semifinal opponents.

But for now, Djokovic is the top seed and he will stay that way unless the government so chooses.


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4 Comments for Novak Djokovic Is In The Australian Open Draw!

skeezer Says:

Looks like he is in. Best way Djoker can handle this now is win 21, and be humble. After all he is the favorite by far.
In the end Tennis needs to be the winner.


Krishna Says:

Australia cancels Djokovic’s visa! It is going to be very interesting next few days


chrisford1 Says:

I’m a little surprised, I knew it was possible but I thought they would work some deal where Novak got to play. Then hammered him after that. The day he lost or the day he became champion they would say, “OK, we allowed you to stay for a job many Australians benefited from economically. Now pack your bags you are on the next flight out.”

He also loses a ton of points if he can’t play, one of several downsides to his bad recent decisions. So his time at #1 you can see ending soon, unless Marian Vajda or Goran to knock some sense into him.


Van Persie Says:

CF1,

“He also loses a ton of points if he can’t play, one of several downsides to his bad recent decisions. So his time at #1 you can see ending soon, unless Marian Vajda or Goran to knock some sense into him.”

Maybe Nole has to decide alone, what is more important for him.

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