A court decision handed down on Monday authorizes Novak Djokovic to remain on the territory despite irregularities in the procedure for obtaining his visa.
The title holder, not vaccinated against COVID-19, is awaiting a decision from the Australian Minister of Immigration, who has discretionary power to deport him.
In the meantime, Djokovic has been kept in the draw and will be the first seed.
The 34-year-old is chasing a record 21st grand slam title and a 10th in Melbourne.
Tournament director and Australian federation president Craig Tiley, one of the main players in the Djokovic case, refused to answer questions from journalists after the draw.
Djokovic could find Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals, down to 6th in the world after a year 2021 interrupted due to an injury from August.
The 35-year-old Spaniard is also aiming for a 21st major title. He will begin his quest against the American Marcos Giron (66th) by aiming for a quarter against Alexander Zverev (3rd).
Quebecer Félix Auger-Aliassime is seeded No. 9. He will face Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori, 90th in the ATP, in the first round.
Ontarian Denis Shapovalov (no. 14) will face Serbian Laslo Djere, 52nd player in the world.
In the women’s draw, the No. 1 in the WTA, Ashleigh Barty, will try to win a first title on her land.
She could find defending champion Naomi Osaka in the round of 16.
The Quebecer Leylah Annie Fernandez (no. 23) will face in the first round the Australian Maddison Inglis, 139th racket in the world invited by the organizers.
The shock of the first round will pit the winner of the last United States Open, the Briton Emma Raducanu (18th), against the winner of the 2017 edition, Sloane Stephens (68th).