Novak Djokovic was included in the Australian Open draw — despite a dramatic delay — on Thursday but his participation remains in serious doubt as the men’s field stands to be blown open if his visa is cancelled again.
World No.1 Djokovic was drawn to face countryman and Davis Cup teammate Miomir Kecmanovic in round one, in what could be considered the friendliest possible draw given the hostile treatment that is likely to greet him in Melbourne.
Djokovic remains in the field as the men’s No.1 as it stands, but his participation is far from guaranteed amid speculation his visa could again be cancelled by the Australian government, as early as Thursday.
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There was high drama as the draw, scheduled to begin at 3pm AEDT was delayed “at short notice”, with no explanation yet as to why from organisers, prompting speculation an announcement could be imminent.
However Prime Minister Scott Morrison refused to comment on the issue at a press conference, with reports suggesting a decision had still not been made, with the rescheduled draw conducted a short time…