The draw for the Australian Open scheduled for Thursday has been postponed by 75 minutes at short notice. Originally, the duels for the first tennis grand slam of the year starting on Monday should have started at 5 a.m. German time and, according to the AAP news agency, should now start at 6.15 a.m. German time. According to the information, a few minutes before the original start, nothing indicated the postponement. Reasons were not given.
At the time of the postponement, a decision on the visa for number one seeded Novak Djokovic was still pending. The Serb is not vaccinated against the corona virus and his visa could be withdrawn by the government. Djokovic had already been stopped on arrival at the airport last week and initially taken to a deportation hotel because the border officials did not have the documents for his medical exemption permit. The tennis ace has already won the Australian Open nine times.
The regional government in Melbourne also announced that due to increasing corona numbers in the Australian state of Victoria, the number of spectators at the Australian Open will be limited to 50 percent of capacity. All tickets sold so far remain valid, the government assured on Thursday. According to the newspaper “The Age”, more than half of the tickets had not been sold for any game in the tournament that started on Monday.