Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open draw

He was watched like the white wolf. On Wednesday night, the Australian Open organization released a statement announcing Novak Djokovic’s open training on Thursday. Initially scheduled for 2:15 p.m. local time (4:15 a.m. French time), the Serb finally left to train away from prying eyes with an hour in advance. The fifteen minutes of training passed quickly. By the time the media realized the deception, there were only five minutes remaining for the defending champion to be photographed.

The Australian Prime Minister kicked into touch

Another event of the day: the tournament draw. Will Novak Djokovic be expelled from the country before? This is the question we asked ourselves here, in Melbourne, all Thursday morning. Still no sign of Alex Hawke, the immigration minister at midday.

After a delay of just over an hour, the draw conference finally started at 4:15 p.m. to take place after a press conference by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Something to sow doubt in the minds of all those who follow this memorable start to the Australian Open.

Finally, Morrison spoke alongside the Minister of Health, about the surge in Covid cases in the country. The moment the question about Djokovic fell, he kicked into touch. He just clarified that “ having a visa and meeting the health conditions to enter the territory are two different things. » At about the same time, the name of the reigning champion at Melbourne Park resounded in the amphitheater. He will be part of it. In the first round, he will face his Serbian compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic (78th).

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