MELBOURNE – Global unit Novak Djokovic was exempted from the Australian Open on the grounds of the coronavirus outbreak in December. His lawyers said in court documents that the Serbian tennis player also obtained written permission from Australia to enter Australia.
Djokovic arrived in Melbourne to defend the title at the Australian Open while simultaneously attacking the record-breaking 21st Grand Slam trophy thanks to an exception to mandatory vaccinations. However, in the eyes of the Australian public, this was met with a wave of hesitation.
On arrival, he was stopped and placed in a holding hotel due to the poor type of visa that did not allow entry. Djokovic originally had to leave Australia by last Thursday, but his lawyers are trying to reverse the decision in court.
He had a positive test in December
It was not clear for a long time why two independent committees granted Djokovic, who opposes compulsory vaccination. However, according to Reuters, court documents show he obtained it due to a positive coronavirus test on December 16. However, the nine-time Australian Open champion did not announce it publicly. “Fourteen days after testing positive, Novak Djokovic had no fever or respiratory symptoms of COVID-19. On January 1, he obtained permission from the immigration authorities to enter Australia,” He mentioned his lawyers.
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The 34-year-old tennis player’s lawyers said Djokovic received written permission from Australian immigration authorities to enter the country on January 1. “It states that he has met the conditions for entry to Australia and does not have to go into quarantine.” stated in court documents.
Djokovic, who faces a ban of up to three years from entering Australia if deported, also requested today to move from his detention hotel to another facility where he will be allowed to train. The Australian Open kicks off on January 17th.
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