If the disastrous Australian Open drama continues, Novak Djokovic will lose ground in the rankings.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC’S world No. 1 ranking could be jeopardized if he does not compete in the Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic’s chances of competing in the Australian Open later this month are dwindling after his visa was denied by the Australian Border Force (ABF) on Wednesday.
And it’s possible that the world No. 1 will lose his top ranking for the first time since February 2020.
Djokovic dominated the ATP Tour last season, winning three of the four majors and only losing in the US Open final to Daniil Medvedev.
With both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal sidelined due to injuries, he’s been largely unchallenged in the rankings for the past two years.
However, the next generation of players has begun to reach their full potential, with both Medevedev and Alexander Zverev chasing the world No. 1 spot.
Djokovic is still in the lead heading into the Australian Open later this month, and he was the clear favorite once his participation was announced.
Despite being named on the Australian Open entry list in December, there was still some doubt about Djokovic’s ability to compete.
Tennis Australia initially stated that all players would be required to be vaccinated, but later clarified that some players would be granted medical exemptions.
Djokovic announced earlier this week that his medical exemption request had been approved and that he would be flying to Melbourne to prepare for the first major of 2022.
Djokovic was met by ABF officials at the airport, who revoked his visa application, claiming he had applied for the “wrong type” of visa.
Djokovic was whisked away to a quarantine hotel after several hours of discussions in an airport room, while his legal team filed an appeal to allow him to compete at the Australian Open.
If that fails, Djokovic risks losing his No. 1 ranking on the ATP Tour.
Djokovic chose to skip this year’s ATP Cup, resulting in a 665-point loss for the Serbian on Monday.
Djokovic’s points total will drop to 8,875 if he does not compete in the Australian Open.
Both Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev are now in the running.
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