Djokovic, seeking to win his tenth Australian Open title in Melbourne this month, is ready for Australia’s immigration minister Alex Hawke to determine whether or not to revoke his reinstated visa forward of the match.
The 34-year-old Djokovic had his visa canceled after getting into Australia with out a legitimate exemption for the nation’s vaccination necessities, however a decide dominated on Monday that he might keep.
Nadal is in the identical half of the draw as Djokovic, however the pair would solely meet within the semifinals in the event that they get that far.
No. 2 seed Daniiel Medvedev, final 12 months’s US Open champion, faces Henri Laaksonen within the first spherical, whereas No. 3 seed Alexander Zverev faces fellow German Daniel Altmaier.
Osaka, seeded thirteenth, will start her title protection against Camila Osorio, whereas Barty’s first-round opponent will probably be a qualifier.
Two-time grand slam champion Barty’s finest efficiency at her dwelling grand slam got here in 2020 when she reached the semifinals.
The state of Victoria introduced on Thursday that ticket gross sales for this 12 months’s match will probably be capped at 50% in the event that they haven’t already offered to that degree.
The modification is being made “to make sure the well being and security of followers attending Melbourne Park,” in response to an announcement.
Tickets which have already been bought stay legitimate and won’t be canceled or modified, and there aren’t any adjustments to floor move entry.
Face masks will probably be necessary, besides whereas consuming or consuming, and social distancing measures indoors will probably be imposed in response to the state’s COVIDSafe settings.
“As COVID-19 hospitalisations and circumstances proceed to rise in Victoria, these mitigation methods are proportionate and designed to help in limiting the unfold of COVID-19,” the assertion added.
Last 12 months, the Australian Open was delayed till February because of the pandemic. A lockdown within the state of Victoria meant matches have been performed with out followers for 5 days. Once lifted, the capability was capped at 30,000 spectators a day.
CNN has reached out to Tennis Australia for remark, however has not but heard again.
The 2022 Australian Open begins Monday, January 17, and concludes January 30.