Novak Djokovic was drawn on Thursday to play his compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round of the Australian Open, despite ongoing uncertainty about whether he will still be in the country.
The world number one, the Top seeded and defending champion wants to win his 10th title and the 21st Grand Slam record in Melbourne Park from next week.
But the fate of vaccine-skeptical Djokovic remains uncertain as Australia’s Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is considering it whether he should revoke his title again visa and throws him out of the country.
The 34-year-old Djokovic is to open his title defense either on Monday or Tuesday.
Even if he is allowed to stay , There are questions about his preparation and fitness for a grueling two-week tournament after spending four nights in detention.
If he gets expelled from the inaugural Grand Slam of the year before it starts its place of a so-called “lucky loser”, someone who lost in the last round of qualification.
The six seeded Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal is also aiming for a 21st slam title and is against the American Marcos Giron start.
World number two and US Open champion Daniil Medvedev, who was Melbourne finalist last year, starts against the Swiss Henri Laaksonen.
In the women’s top seed and number one in the world meets , Ashleigh Barty, who won the Adelaide International last week, on a qualifier. She is aiming for a first Grand Slam title on home soil.
Defending champion Naomi Osaka, seeded at 13, is in the neighborhood the draw for Barty and will begin her title defense against the Colombian Camila Osorio. She is expected to meet the Australian in the round of 16.
The second seeded Aryna Sabalenka, who fell early in two warm-up tournaments, will play against the Australian Storm Sanders.
The US Open- Winner Emma Raducanu faces a tough duel against American Sloane Stephens.