Australian Open: Men's world no. 1 Novak Djokovic scheduled to play first round game on Day 1 despite legal limbo

Associated PressUpdated: Sunday, January 16, 2022, 12:22 PM IST
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Serbia's Novak Djokovic hits a return against Donald Young of the US during their men's singles first round match on day two of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne in 2018. | AFP PHOTO / Greg Wood

Novak Djokovic was scheduled to play his first-round Australian Open match on Monday night on a Day 1 program announced while he was still in legal limbo.

A court hearing for the defending and nine-time Australian Open champion's appeal against deportation ended Sunday afternoon. Tournament organizers released the match schedule for the first day of competition more than an hour later, when a verdict was still pending.

The Australian government cancelled Djokovic's visa on Friday due to issues surrounding his stance against COVID-19 vaccination.

Federal Court Chief Justice James Allsop said he and two fellow judges hoped to reach a verdict later Sunday.

If he wins the appeal, Djokovic will get to open his title defense against fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic on the last match on the schedule on the tournament's main show court.

Defending women's champion Naomi Osaka will play the second match on the main court, Rod Laver Arena, against Camila Osorio.

Rafael Nadal will play in the afternoon and women's No. 1 Ash Barty has the first of the night matches on Rod Laver Arena

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