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With Novak Djokovic deported, Australian Open begins under omicron cloud


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SOURCE: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/01/17/novak-djokovic-deported-australia-omicron/
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Summary

MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic was out of the frame, but the Australian Open nonetheless began under dark clouds Monday amid a wave of coronavirus cases, an overcast sky and the absence of perhaps its biggest star.As a thin crowd trickled through the gates of Melbourne Park, a tournament employee with a megaphone tried to brighten the dreary mood.“I think we can say goodbye to these clouds, they are finally dissipating,” Larry Larkins optimistically told passersby. Djokovic’s signature would have to wait.“It’s a big disappointment for tennis fans,” Kaliyanthil said.Instead, father and son went to see Djokovic’s rival, Rafael Nadal, cruise to victory as he tries to surpass the Serb and win his 21st Grand Slam title.But as the day wore on, the sun began to break through the clouds and the squeaks of hard-court tennis began to be drowned out as the crowds came alive.The loudest cheers came from Court 3, where unseeded Australian Aleksandar Vukic was roaring back from one set down against favored South African, Lloyd Harris.“Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi,” the crowd chanted as Vukic climbed his way back into the match.

As said here by Michael E. Miller