The Australian Open begins Monday, but Novak Djokovic’s status — and bid for a record-breaking 21st major title — is back in doubt.
On Friday, the Australian government canceled the Serb’s visa for a second time, saying it was “in the public interest” to bar the unvaccinated Djokovic from the country as it battles the pandemic.
The World No. 1 now faces another legal battle this weekend if he wants to compete for his 10th Australian Open title and fourth in a row.
From the sidelines, he’d face the prospect of not being the first man to 21 — and watching the next generation steal his thunder.
If Djokovic does play, his half of the bracket sets him up for a potential semifinal meeting with Nadal or Zverev.
Djokovic and Medvedev remain the favorites (+150*) followed by Zverev (+275*) and Nadal (+900*).The winner will take home around $2.1 million of the $54 million purse.
If Djokovic can’t play, his next shot at No. 21 will be the French Open in late May.