EFEMelbourne, Australia

Serbian world No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic on Thursday was included in the Australian Open draw to defend his title, despite a ministerial decision still pending over his visa.

The draw was initially postponed with no reason given by organizer Tennis Australia, but an hour later took place with the top seed now set to start in the first round against compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic.

Djokovic is seeking his 10th Australian Open title and a record 21 Grand Slam trophies in the tournament that begins on Monday.

However, a decision on whether the player can stay in the country is still to be made by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke.

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