Novak Djokovic has gone to court to try to prevent deportation from Australia after the Serbian failed to provide enough evidence to justify an exemption from the country’s Covid-19 vaccination regulations.
Djokovic, who has refused to confirm his vaccination status and has publicly opposed the mandatory shots, was granted a visa to enter Australia last year, and this week received a vaccine waiver. Please allow him to play at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
But he was detained at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport overnight after he failed to provide sufficient evidence that he had an appropriate medical reason for not being vaccinated, a requirement for non-citizens entering the land this country.
The Australian Border Force revoked his visa and ordered the 34-year-old tennis star to be expelled from the country.
Djokovic was taken to a quarantine hotel in inner Melbourne as his lawyers sought an order against the visa cancellation in Federal Court on Thursday night. The case has been adjourned until Monday morning, meaning he will have to remain in isolation until then.
The decision to provide Djokovic, a nine-time Australian Open champion, with immunity has sparked a backlash in Australia with its strict restrictions on lockdowns and lockdowns. vaccination mission issued nationwide in the past two years.
Tennis Australia has argued that the waiver had been approved by two committees of medical experts – one appointed by the tennis body and another by Victoria’s health department – but did not know Djokovic was On what basis is it successful?
Djokovic declined to detail how he applied for the waiver. He posted a picture of himself on Instagram on Wednesday while boarding a plane in Dubai, claiming he had been exempted from traveling to Melbourne to defend his title.
Reasons for an exemption may include evidence of an adverse reaction to a Covid vaccine or recent major surgery. According to the Australian government, testing for proof of infection within the past six months, seen as a potential route for unvaccinated travelers to an exemption, is not a valid excuse.
Australia opened its borders to fully immunized non-citizens in mid-December. Djokovic was eligible for a visa for sports professionals, but he must still comply with the requirements. Strict regulations on vaccination for entry into this country.
The ABF’s decision to cancel his visa during a late-night skirmish with the tennis player and his entourage, including his father, sparked a fierce debate about the damage to his reputation. travel to Australia and the Australian Open.
Paul McNamee, former chief executive of the men’s tennis championships and the Australian Open, says the world number one has become a “victim” of a political dispute between the national authorities. and Victoria, and an attempt to deport him could undermine confident in Open.
“This has never happened before,” McNamee told ABC News. “[Djokovic] do not follow the rules. He deserves his day in court, not in court.”
Rafael Nadal, the Spaniard who joins Djokovic and Roger Federer of Switzerland for the most Grand Slam wins, supports the promotion of vaccinations. “The world, in my view, has suffered too much if it doesn’t follow the rules,” he said.
Scott Morrison, Australia’s prime minister, said visitors were still welcome but they needed to adhere to the country’s Covid policies. He denied Djokovic was “hit singles”.
Tennis Australia has said that some players are exempt from competition, sparking allegations that Djokovic is being used as a political scapegoat. Morrison dismissed that suggestion, saying that people posting on social media or elsewhere about their travel status “attract considerable attention to themselves”.
“Whoever does it – whether you’re a celebrity, politician, tennis player, journalist – whoever does it, they can expect to be questioned more than anyone else. . That’s how the Border Force works,” he said.
His threat of deportation drew a harsh response from Melbourne Serbs as well as from Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who accused the Australian government of “harassment” in a social media post.