March 24, 2023

Novak Djokovic deported from Australia after losing appeal | Tennis News – Times of India

Novak Djokovic’s Australian sojourn for the year’s first Grand Slam came to a disappointing end on Sunday with the government deporting the Serbian World No. 1 after a federal court panel dismissed his appeal against the cancellation of his visa.
Djokovic boarded a plane to Dubai, on way to Serbia, on the eve of the Australian Open, in which the top seed was hoping to win his 21st Grand Slam title, breaking the tie with tennis archrivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Outside of a flimsy fact that lucky loser Italian Salvatore Caruso has replaced the fully fit world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open men’s singles draw, it’s all going to plan. The season’s opening Grand Slam gets under way at Melbourne Park on Monday.
That all-consuming battle of generations promises to seize the stage with 20-time major winner Rafael Nadal holding fort for the 30-plus contingent.
Briton Andy Murray, 34, who has shown form to back his fight this last week, is also a player to watch, if only for what was. Russian Daniil Medvedev, the US Open champion, who thrives on hard courts, and of whom much is expected this fortnight, props up the bottom half of the draw. He has a potentially tricky second-round meeting against the explosive Nick Kyrgios, who plays qualifier Liam Broady in his opener.
This is the first time that Nadal is the only member of the big three in a Grand Slam draw. The 35-year-old Spaniard, the 2009 winner, opens against Marcos Giron of the United states on Monday in his chase for a second Australian Open crown.
Nadal, who opened the year with a title, is coming back not only from a foot injury, the Spaniard also contracted Covid-19 in December. “I didn’t play best-of-five since Roland Garros. I only played three matches in the last six months. I just want to go day by day,” said Nadal, who is in third seed Alexander Zverev’s quarter. “Every day I spend on court, I think it’s positive, every match that I am able to win, it’s very important for my confidence, it’s important for my physical performance.”
Women’s No. 1 Ashleigh Barty will kick-off the night session on Monday against 32-year-old Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine, who negotiated the qualifying competition last week. It’ll be a tricky outing for the 25-year-old Aussie, who has posted three consecutive year-end No. 1s and began 2022 with a title in Adelaide. Still, Tsurenko has not only been around, she was ranked No. 23 three years ago.

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