Djokovic keeps eye on Aust Open prize

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Novak Djokovic has been formally named Australian Open top seed as the Australian government continues to mull over whether to again revoke his visa.

It was business as usual for Djokovic on Tuesday as he returned to Rod Laver Arena for a closed practice session, having dashed to Melbourne Park's centre court for a midnight hit after being freed from immigration detention on Monday afternoon.

The nine-time champion was kept away from the media as he took to the court he's owned since winning his first title in 2008, desperate to make up for his days locked in a hotel room after his visa cancellation last Thursday morning.

Despite a win in court on Monday, the Serbian superstar still faces the prospect of deportation, with Immigration Minister Alex Hawke retaining the power to cancel Djokovic's visa.

A decision is not expected before Wednesday, though, after Hawke's office issued a statement saying the matter was still being determined.

"In line with due process, Minister Hawke will thoroughly consider the matter," a representative said on Tuesday afternoon.

As Tennis Australia released its Open seedings on Tuesday night, with Djokovic heading the men's event and home hope Ash Barty the women's, fresh questions have been raised over Djokovic's application and his travel prior to entering Australia.

The decision to allow the 20-time grand slam champion to contest the Open won support from the peak men's tennis body, who described the situation as "damaging on all fronts".

The ATP issued a statement on Tuesday that welcomed the court ruling quashing the decision to block Djokovic's entry into Australia.

"In travelling to Melbourne, it's clear Novak Djokovic believed he had been granted a necessary medical exemption in order to comply with entry regulations," the ATP said.

"The series of events leading to Monday's court hearing have been damaging on all fronts, including for Novak's well-being and preparation for the Australian Open."

The ATP also called for greater clarity over the rules.

"The ATP fully respects the sacrifices the people of Australia have made since the onset of COVID-19 and the stringent immigration policies that have been put in place," it said.

"Complications in recent days related to player entry into Australia have however highlighted the need for clearer understanding, communication and application of the rules."

The ATP also urged all of its male players to get vaccinated, with 97 per cent of the top 100 already jabbed.

In winning the case, Federal Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly on Monday said Djokovic was given insufficient time to speak to Tennis Australia officials and to lawyers to respond to being told of the intent to cancel his visa.

After dashing to Melbourne Park upon his release, the world No.1 tweeted a photograph of himself and his team on Rod Laver Arena.

"I'm pleased and grateful that the Judge overturned my visa cancellation," he posted.

"Despite all that has happened, I want to stay and try to compete @AustralianOpen. I remain focused on that. I flew here to play at one of the most important events we have in front of the amazing fans.

"For now I cannot say more but THANK YOU all for standing with me through all this and encouraging me to stay strong."

His family gave a press conference in Serbia during which his mother, according to the BBC translator, said her son "was subjected to torture, to harassment. We will hear even more about what he has gone through".

Dijana Djokovic also said: "This is his biggest win in his career, it is bigger than any grand slams."

Brother Djordje Djokovic said: "He went to Australia to play tennis, to try and win the Open and win the record he has been chasing for so many years."

"We love Australia, Novak loves Australia, he's won it so many times, we will keep on coming back".

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