The is an extraordinary saga around Novak Djokovic will continue until at least Sunday.
Seeing his visa canceled upon arrival in Australia, the world’s number one tennis player is currently being held at a Melbourne hotel as he expects to hear the results of his weekend visa appeal.
It is a medical, sports and political saga that promises to run and run even when the final decision is announced.
Besides wider ramifications, DjokovicIf he is not allowed to participate in the Australian Open tennis, it could greatly affect his tennis career.
The 35-year-old, who has spent a record 354 weeks at the top of the ATP Tour men’s rankings, could lose that position if his opponent is around. Daniil Medvedev takes the title in Melbourne.
This will lead to the fact that the Russian will catch up Djokovicand became the 27th player to top the men’s rankings since its inception.
For Djokovic, whom many consider unvaccinated, the path from here promises to be no easier.
The solar swings in US hard-surface tournaments are likely to have stringent demands on players to take part, as will the French Open and Wimbledon, next year’s big events.
This is an unlikely event in tennis “GOAT Race”, with Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer all drew 20 Grand Slam titles.
Time will tell if Djokovic will change his position.