Tennis: Novak Djokovic drawn in Australian Open first round despite ongoing visa saga

Novak Djokovic has been drawn in the Australian Open first round, despite the potential cancellation of his visa for a second time.

Tournament top seed Djokovic, 34, was eventually drawn to face Serbian compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic in the opening round after the draw was delayed on Thursday.

The world No.1's time in Australia has been turbulent after he was detained at the border last week shortly after his arrival in Melbourne.

Djokovic arrived in Australia under the assumption he had a medical exemption from being vaccinated against COVID-19, a prerequisite for all players competing in this month's Australian Open.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner was detained in an Australian immigration detention hotel before the decision to cancel Djokovic's visa was overturned on Monday.

Elsewhere, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison did not want to comment on Djokovic's visa status, saying it is up to the immigration minister Alex Hawke to decide whether to revoke it or not.

Hawke can still exercise his discretionary powers to revoke top seed Djokovic's visa which would scuttle the Serbian superstar's bid for a record 21st Major tennis title at the Australian Open.