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(BBC) Novak Djokovic has been drawn to play in the Australian Open despite ongoing uncertainty over whether his visa will be cancelled again by the government.
The number one seed was picked in the tournament’s draw on Thursday afternoon after an initial delay.
A spokesman for Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has said he is still considering using his powers to revoke Djokovic’s visa.
Djokovic was barred entry last week due to lack of vaccination.
He said his Covid infection in mid-December met the conditions for foreigners entering Australia, but authorities cancelled his visa on the basis that it was not a valid exemption.
He was held in immigration detention for five days while he challenged the deportation order. On Monday a court dramatically overturned the government’s visa cancellation after finding that immigration officials hadn’t followed proper procedure.