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Djokovic currently in Aussie Open, but many questions still remain

Novak Djokovic weakened his own case considerably after confirming he met with a journalist Dec. 18 after testing positive for COVID-19 Dec. 16GETTY IMAGES

Novak Djokovic for now is in the Australian Open draw, and the men’s tournament is "in limbo," as Thursday in Melbourne brought "no resolution: only more speculation," according to Christopher Clarey of the N.Y. TIMES. Although Australia Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has the "authority to revoke Djokovic’s visa and order his deportation," Hawke has "yet to say whether he will make that bold move." Djokovic has "weakened his own case considerably this week," confirming that after testing positive for the coronavirus on Dec. 16, instead of self-isolating, he met with a French journalist on Dec. 18 in Serbia. Djokovic also claimed that his agent "incorrectly filled out his Australian arrival documents, inadvertently checking a box" that indicated Djokovic had not traveled internationally in the 14 days before his arrival in Australia when he had, "it appears, been in Spain and Serbia." Those missteps could be "grounds for Hawke to cancel Djokovic’s visa anew." If Djokovic were to "be kicked out at this stage," the draw would "have to be reconfigured." But if Djokovic’s withdrawal were to "come after the order of play for opening day has been released," he would be "replaced by a so-called lucky loser." Even though the main event does not begin until Monday, this "already has been an Australian Open like no other." All story lines, all prologue, have been "thoroughly overshadowed" by Djokovic’s "duel with the Australian government" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/13).

NOT BACKING DOWN: In Melbourne, Sakkal & Galloway write Djokovic would "immediately appeal in court any attempt to deport him" as Australian Open organizers were "forced to prepare contingency plans for a draw that did not include him, before a decision expected on Friday on the world no. 1 player’s future in the tournament." If the case does go to court, Djokovic's legal team hopes the matter could be "heard in court over the weekend and finalised by Sunday," allowing him to play a match early next week if he "beats the government for a second time" (Melbourne AGE, 1/13).

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