Novak Djokovic in Australian Open draw as visa decision drags on

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ovak Djokovic could still be excluded from this year’s Australian Open despite his draw against fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round in Melbourne.

Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is still debating whether Djokovic’s visa to the country should be canceled despite a judge previously ordering his release from a detention hotel.

The draw for this year’s event was delayed by more than an hour on Thursday, with Djokovic still in the running to play when he starts on Monday.

Of the British contingent, Emma Raducanu was drawn against former US Open champion Sloane Stephens in a tough opener a day after winning just one match in the Briton’s opener of 2022 against Elena Rybakina .

Meanwhile, Britain’s No.1 Andy Murray faces a repeat of his second round match at this week’s Sydney Classic after being drawn to face No.21 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Murray endured a roller coaster game against the Georgian, eventually winning 6-7 7-6 6-3 in three hours and 15 minutes.

There are tough games for most of the UK players. Britain’s No.12 and No.1 seed Cameron Norrie meets Sebastian Korda, one of the rising stars of men’s football, in his debut match at the Australian Open.

And Dan Evans faces David Goffin, who played Murray in the Sydney Classic on Thursday.

The only other British player automatically qualified in the singles main draw, Heather Watson, faces the Egyptian Mayar Sherif.

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