Novak Djokovic on Friday faced deportation from Australia after authorities canceled his visa for the second time.
big picture: Despite uncertainty over visa status, the world number 1 without vaccination was given the top seed in the tournament draw starting Monday.
- The defending Australian Open champion won an appeal on 6 January against the cancellation of his Australian visa by border agents over the status of his travel application and vaccination last Monday.
- The 34-year-old Serbian star was hoping to play for a record 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, starting Monday.
Noteworthy: Djokovic on Wednesday blamed his agent for his Australian travel application error and also apologized for not isolating after testing positive for COVID-19 in December.
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