Novak Djokovic’s Case for Entering Australia Was a Case of Covid-19 Last Month

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Documents filed in court that will rule on the tennis star’s deportation appeal show she tested positive on December 16

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The federal government said this week that in November it had advised Tennis Australia—organizer of the Australian Open, which Djokovic is aiming to win for the 10th time—that recovery from COVID-19 was not a ground for medical exemption.

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Documents said Djokovic was exempt from Tennis Australia and received permission from Australia’s federal government to enter without vaccination.

“Mr. Djokovic understood that he had the right to enter Australia and Victoria [state] and to compete in the Australian Tennis Open,” the documents stated.

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Djokovic arrived in Australia on Wednesday night. Until a judge rules his eligibility to stay in the country, he is being held in a suburban Melbourne hotel that houses asylum seekers and refugees. The Australian Open is scheduled to begin on January 17.

The documents also alleged that the authorities pressured them to accept the decision to cancel their visas without giving them a chance to properly consult their legal representatives.

Write Stuart Condie at [email protected]

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