The planet number one particular had been favourite to win a 10th title at Melbourne Park and claim a 21st Grand Slam crown but the Serb now faces currently being deported from Australia.
Russian 2nd seed Daniil Medvedev will most likely be the bookmakers’ favorite when the tournament begins on Monday, forward of third seed Alexander Zverev.
Sixth seed Rafael Nadal, who shares the men’s Grand Slam document of 20 with Djokovic and the absent Roger Federer, could strike a blow in the important title race.
Nadal, the 2009 champion and a 4-periods finalist in Melbourne, would have had to facial area Djokovic in the semi-finals if the draw progressed in accordance to seeding.
The leading quarter of the draw has now been thrown vast open, with Djokovic set to be replaced by 150th-rated ‘lucky loser’ Salvatore Caruso. Seventh-seeded Italian Matteo Berrettini is now the best seed in that section.
Caruso will play Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic on Monday in the initially spherical in area of Djokovic.
Rubbing salt into the wound, Djokovic’s withdrawal could also suggest shedding his globe amount just one rating if Medvedev or Zverev assert his title at Melbourne Park.
Extended term, Djokovic’s visa cancellation could further damage his chances of including to his Grand Slam silverware, with the Australian government able of imposing a a few-calendar year entry ban on the Serb.
His travel to other nations could also be afflicted, with most necessitating visa candidates to disclose if they have at any time been deported or had a visa turned down or cancelled.
Must Djokovic opt for to stay unvaccinated for COVID-19, his entry into other Grand Slams may possibly also be afflicted as authorities tighten travel and border limitations in the third 12 months of a pandemic that has killed much more than 5 million people.