Australian Open 2022 draw live stream, time: Novak Djokovic, will he play?

Novak Djokovic’s entry into the 2022 Australian Open remains uncertain as deportation remains a possibility. What does this mean for the draw? Will he play?

Novak Djokovic’s entry into the 2022 Australian Open remains uncertain, but today we find out that the world’s No. 1 could face in the first round if the draw is sorted.

As Djokovic’s visa fiasco drags on, the Serb remain in the draw unless his visa is revoked.

The federal government would make an announcement on Thursday morning to map out the next steps.

Should he play, Djokovic will be the number 1 seed in the men’s draw, while Australia’s Ash Barty is the number 1 in the ladies.

FOLLOW LIVE: THE AUS OPEN DRAW STARTS AT 3:00 PM AEDT

Even if Djokovic contests the Open – where he will claim an unprecedented 10th title and 21st slam – there will be questions about his preparations and fitness after spending four nights in a detention center following a grueling 12-hour interrogation at Melbourne airport.

His former coach, Boris Becker, said the 34-year-old was “shocked” by having to spend five days in immigration detention – far from ideal preparation for the first Grand Slam of the year.

“Obviously his preparation is beyond bad. I don’t think he’s ever been in a worse position the week before a Grand Slam, but that’s the way it is,” Becker told the BBC on Monday. Serbian star had spoken.

If he does play, Djokovic will certainly face hostility from crowds upset at being able to compete unvaccinated in a city that has endured one of the longest strings of lockdowns anywhere in the world.

“The public will be hard on him, but with every game he starts, he will win the crowd over and they will hug him again,” Becker said.

Several high-profile players including Spanish great Rafael Nadal, US Open champion Emma Raducanu and Tokyo Olympic champion Belinda Bencic are only now returning to action amid the virus.

Serena Williams and Roger Federer – two of the best tennis players in the twilight of their careers – are missing in Melbourne as they recover from the injury-stricken 2021 seasons.

It’s easy to forget that some tennis is actually happening. Nadal, who showed few ill effects on Sunday winning the build-up to the Melbourne Summer Set, is also chasing a 21st Slam title.

In the women’s draw, world number one Ashleigh Barty is the overwhelming favorite to break through and win a Grand Slam on home soil for the first time

Originally published as Australian Open 2022 draw live time: will Novak Djokovic play? Ash Barty’s Favorite Among Women

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