Novak Djokovic told ‘you must comply’ with ‘strict border requirements’ despite Covid-19 vaccination exemption for Australian Open | Tennis News

“There should be no special rules for Novak Djokovic, none,” says the Australian prime minister; Novak Djokovic will arrive at the Australian Open with the Covid-19 vaccination exemption

Last updated: 05/01/22 9:14

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The decision to grant Novak Djokovic an exemption to play in the Australian Open has been criticized

The decision to grant Novak Djokovic an exemption to play in the Australian Open has been criticized

Novak Djokovic will be “on the next plane home” if his evidence of a Covid-19 vaccination exemption to play the Australian Open is not satisfactory, the Australian Prime Minister has warned.

Djokovic ended weeks of speculation about his Grand Slam participation on Tuesday by revealing that he will play after receiving an exemption from being dubbed – his vaccination status is unknown, although he has been a vocal critic of mandatory decisions.

“Any individual attempting to enter Australia must comply with our border requirements,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Jamie Murray has questioned the decision to grant Novak Djokovic a medical exemption from vaccination against Covid-19

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Jamie Murray has questioned the decision to grant Novak Djokovic a medical exemption from vaccination against Covid-19

Jamie Murray has questioned the decision to grant Novak Djokovic a medical exemption from vaccination against Covid-19

“He has to do this because if he is not vaccinated, he has to provide acceptable proof that he cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and in order to have access to the same travel arrangements as fully vaccinated travelers.

“So we await his presentation and what evidence he provides to support that. If that evidence is insufficient, he will not be treated any differently than anyone else and will be on the next plane to go home.

“There should be no special rules for Novak Djokovic, absolutely none.”

Australian Interior Minister Karen Andrews said: “Any individual attempting to enter Australia must comply with our stringent border requirements.

“While the government of Victoria and Tennis Australia may allow an unvaccinated player to compete in the Australian Open, it is the Commonwealth government that will enforce our requirements at the Australian border.

Djokovic was warned by the Australian government

Djokovic was warned by the Australian government

“From December 15, 2021, fully vaccinated eligible visa holders can travel to Australia without applying for a travel exemption and enter eligible states and territories without quarantine.

“If an arriving individual is not vaccinated, they must provide acceptable proof that they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons in order to access the same travel arrangements as fully vaccinated travelers.

“The Australian Border Force will continue to ensure that those arriving at our border comply with our stringent border requirements.”

According to Australian Open organizer Craig Tiley, an independent commission examined 26 vaccination waiver requests and labeled “a handful”.

“Nobody is getting, or will receive, special treatment because of who they are,” insisted Jaala Pulford, the current Victoria State Minister of Sports.

How has the tennis world reacted?

There was confusion during the ATP Cup match when Viktor Durasovic's Norway volley went into the net against Chilean Alejandro Tabilo.

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There was confusion during the ATP Cup match when Viktor Durasovic’s Norway volley went into the net against Chilean Alejandro Tabilo.

There was confusion during the ATP Cup match when Viktor Durasovic’s Norway volley went into the net against Chilean Alejandro Tabilo.

Jamie Murray said: “I think if I hadn’t been vaccinated I wouldn’t have gotten an exemption. You know, but kudos to him for getting permission to come to Australia and compete.”

Liam Broady said: “You have to trust that he has a valid reason for medical exemption.”

Australian player Alex de Minaur said: “I just think it’s very interesting. That’s all I’m going to say.”

Djokovic’s Golden Tournament

Djokovic has won nine Australian Open

Djokovic has won nine Australian Open

The Serbian, current No. 1 in the world, he is the most successful player in Australian Open history with nine championships.

He is linked to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in 20 career Grand Slam tournaments.

But Federer won’t play in Melbourne due to injury, even though Nadal recovered from Covid-19 in time to compete.

The Grand Slam begins on January 17th.

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