Australian Open 2022: Novak Djokovic earns No. 1 seed amid visa controversy

The seeds for the 2022 Australian Open were revealed on Tuesday and Novak Djokovic has actually been stated the No. 1 seed for the upcoming Grand Slam competition. However, it’s still uncertain if Djokovic will be enabled to take part in the Australian Open in the middle of the debate surrounding his visa.

Djokovic is followed by Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev to complete the leading 5 seeds of the Australian Open guys’s field. Rafael Nadal, who last played in August, will be making his go back to the court in Melbourne and is the No. 6 seed. If Djokovic has the ability to take part in the Australian Open, he has a possibility to win his 21st Grand Slam title. He is presently connected with Roger Federer (who will not be at the Australian Open due to injury) and Nadal for the most Grand Slam songs titles in guys’s history with 20. 

On Monday, it was revealed that Djokovic would be enabled to stay in Australia. The tennis star’s visa was renewed by Federal Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly. That followed Djokovic had his visa cancelled since authorities mentioned that he didn’t get approved for a medical exemption for a guideline that needs non-Australian locals to be totally immunized versus COVID-19 in order to go into the nation.

Djokovic is not immunized versus COVID-19.

Kelly ruled that the tennis star wasn’t provided sufficient time to talk to his attorneys the night prior to his visa was cancelled. Djokovic then needed to quarantine at a Melbourne hotel for 4 days till Monday’s choice was exposed. Furthermore, Australian medical authorities had actually formerly ruled that a short-term exemption around the COVID-19 vaccination guideline might be enabled to individuals who had actually been contaminated with COVID-19 within 6 months of arrival.

According to the Associated Press, federal government legal representative Christopher Tran informed the judge that the migration minister “will consider whether to exercise a personal power of cancellation.” What that implies is that if the federal government does pursue more legal action, Djokovic might be deported and would miss out on the Australian Open, which is slated to get underway quickly, on Jan. 17. 

In addition, he would be prohibited from getting in Australian for 3 years. It all depends upon if more action is taken.

Djokovic renowned Monday’s judgment by tweeting out a picture of himself on the courts and all set to train. He at first revealed that he was approved a medical exemption from competition organizers to take part in the Australian Open. But his exemption to play in the competition — regardless of being unvaccinated — triggered outrage throughout the nation upon his arrival previously in January, and the circumstance capped last Wednesday. 

According to Australian Open organizers, Djokovic didn’t gain from any “special favor” after getting a medical exemption. Australian Open competition director Craig Tiley mentioned that 26 unvaccinated gamers gotten the medical exemption which just a “handful” were approved.



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