Tennis Fans React To Novak Djokovic Officially Getting Removed From The Australian Open

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  • The Australian Open kicks off in Melbourne on Monday
  • A day before the event’s start, one top player has been removed from the field
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The lead-up to the 2022 Australian Open has been one full of drama. Top-seeded Novak Djokovic’s status for the tournament has been in limbo as he’s dealt with the country’s immigration protocols.

That standing appeared to be settled when he received approval to play in the Open earlier this week, but a twist of fate one day prior to the tournament’s start has made this a wide-open competition. Djokovic’s playing status has been overturned with the Australian government ruling against the world’s No. 1 player.

With Djokovic out of the field, the competition now becomes wide open. He was the heavy betting favorite and the overwhelming choice to take home the championship. Now, players like Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal become the front runners, robbing Djokovic an opportunity to land his 10th Australian Open title. He already holds the record with his nine previous victories in Melbourne.

Putting political preferences aside, it’s a shame that fans will no longer be able to see the sport’s best player in a major tournament, especially with the decision coming less than 24 hours before the start of the event. Many have taken to social media to express their disappointment in seeing Djokovic leave the upcoming competition.

With the dismissal, Djokovic returns home to prepare for his next tennis appearance. Taking his place in Australia will be Italian Salvatore Caruso, who’s currently the 150th ranked player in the world.