The Australian Open may have given the controversial ok to unvaccinated tennis star Novak Djokovic, but the Victorian state government in Australia hasn’t been as accommodating.
Djokovic, the 20-time Grand Slam winner who received a medical exemption that would allow him to compete in the Grand Slam tournament later this month, was turned away at Melbourne airport last night due to a complication of the view.
The Australian news are reporting that Djokovic applied for a type of visa that does not allow medical exemptions for not being vaccinated, currently causing the visa to be denied.
According to Melbourne The age, government sources believe Djokovic has been attempting to claim a COVID infection in the past six months for exemption, which is allowed under the Australian Open’s exemption rules, but may not be sufficient for international entry.
The federal Australian Border Force can override the Victorian government’s visa denial if it so desires, but given the nationwide reaction on Djokovic’s medical exemption, it’s unclear whether he will choose to go ahead with that process.
Reports from Victorian state government officials suggest border forces may be in support of Djokovic’s entry, although an ABF spokesperson said in a statement that they had not sent such a request to the Victorian government.
“ABF has not asked the Victorian government to hold a visa. ABF achieved [out] to the Victorian government to validate their public statements about their support for her entry and whether Victoria had any further information regarding her medical exemption documentation.
If Djokovic is allowed in, all eyes will be on the Australian Open during the last two weeks of January (in all likelihood, with most spectators desperately hoping for Djokovic’s ass to be delivered).
The Australian Open kicks off on January 17th.
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