The Serbian professional tennis player Novak Djokovic’s mess with Australia is now in news and the player is facing a setback at the Australian airport when he arrived to participate in the Australian Open. As per reports, currently ranked as world No.1, Novak Djokovic has failed the vaccine requirements to enter Australia even with an approved “exemption” from tennis authorities.
The player was detained at the Melbourne airport for failing to produce a certificate of vaccination. However, before leaving Serbia, Djokovic announced that he had been granted a waiver by Australian tennis authorities in the case of the Covid-19 vaccine. However, the star has legally moved to get back his rights and allow to play in the Australian Open.
As of now, Djokovic and his heart-core fans are in doubt whether he would be able to play in the Australian Open which is going to commence on the 17th of this January in Melbourne. Now the 34-year-old Serbian star finds himself detained in an Australian immigration hotel fighting deportation, after having his visa revoked on his arrival in Melbourne and entry to the country denied.
According to the news from Australia, Djokovic was granted a medical exemption to get around a Covid-19 vaccine requirement for all players and their support teams at the hard-court tournament. However, his visa for entry into Australia was revoked in the early hours of January 6, local time, after he was detained at the airport for about eight hours, CNN reported.
In Australia, Protests by the fans continue over the detention of Novak Djokovic and outside the hotel where the Serbian star was staying, a lot of people came to support him. In response to this movement, Djokovic thanked fans for his support on social media.
There were writings and placards by protesters outside the hotel asking to free up their star and let him play the game. “Free Novac [sic],” read one protester’s handwritten sign stuck to a tennis racket. “Let Novac play.” since this month, several players of the Australian Open have been permitted to enter the country, while Djakovic hasn’t been allowed. The protesters questioned why only one person was taken into custody after the others were released.
Australian Minister Scott Morrison told the media that Djokovic has been put in detention because he didn’t have a valid medical exemption. Also, Tennis Australia was advised in a letter as far back as November 2021 that unvaccinated players with a recent Covid-19 infection would not be allowed to enter the country based on public health guidelines, Morrison told reporters on January 6.
Djokovic, who is tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on a record 20 men’s grand slam singles titles, has not publicly revealed his vaccination status but voiced opposition to Covid-19 vaccines and vaccine mandates in April 2020. Meanwhile, others used Djokovic’s plight as an opportunity to criticize how vaccine mandates had curtailed civil liberties.