“Limbo,” the previous Australian Open match director Paul McNamee had stated this week, “is the worst state of affairs for the match.”
But for days, the uncertainty of Novak Djokovic’s standing had hung over the occasion. The choice on Friday to cancel his visa for the second time may yield some readability. His plan to enchantment that ruling will solely lengthen it.
However coming when it did, a day after Djokovic was positioned within the No. 1 spot within the males’s draw, the cancellation of his visa — whether it is upheld — may drive a reshuffling of the boys’s bracket.
If Djokovic have been to be kicked out of Australia, the draw for the boys’s singles match must be reconfigured. In response to Grand Slam guidelines, the No. 5 seed, Andrey Rublev, would transfer into Djokovic’s vacant slot within the draw. Rublev’s place at No. 5 would then be stuffed by one other seed as a part of a collection of cascading modifications.
But when Djokovic appeals and delays his departure, or if his withdrawal have been to come back after the order of play for opening day has been launched, his place can be taken by a so-called fortunate loser: a participant who had misplaced within the qualifying match after which been drawn by lot to obtain a newly open spot.
And as a substitute of getting Djokovic as the favourite to win his file tenth title, and twenty first Grand Slam singles championship over all, the main target would shift to a few of his more than likely rivals for the trophy: the U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev; the Olympic champion Alexander Zverev; and the 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal.
None of it, in fact, is good for the Open.
“If Novak was going to be kicked out,” McNamee stated, “the time to do it was earlier than the draw.”