If Djokovic leaves, what will happen to the brackets of the Australian Open?

“Limbo,” former Australian Open director Paul McNamee said this week, “is the worst case scenario for the tournament.”

Nevertheless, uncertainty about Novak Djokovic’s position hung over the event for several days. Friday’s decision to revoke his visa for the second time could provide some clarification. His plan to appeal against the verdict will only extend it.

But when that happened, the day after Djokovic placed 1st in the men’s draw, the abolition of his visa – if confirmed – could force a regrouping of the men’s group.

If Djokovic were expelled from Australia, the draw for the men’s singles tournament would have to be redone. According to the grand slam rules, No. 5 Andrey Rublev would move to Djokovic’s vacancy during the draw. Rublev’s place at No. 5 would then fill another seed in a series of cascading changes.

However, if Djokovic appealed and postponed his departure, or if he resigned after the opening order for the opening day was announced, he would be replaced by the so-called lucky loser: the player who lost in the qualifying tournament. and then they were drawn to get a newly opened seat.

And instead of Djokovic winning his record 10th title and the 21st Grand Slam singles championship overall, attention would shift to three of his most likely rivals: US Open champion Daniil Medvedev; Olympic winner Alexander Zverev; and 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal.

Of course, none of this is ideal for the Open.

“If Novak was to be fired,” McNamee said, “it’s time to do so before the draw.”


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