Djokovic had flown into the city’s Tullamarine Airport expecting to defend his Australian Open crown, and to bid for an unprecedented 21st Grand Slam title
World tennis number one Novak Djokovic fought for deportation from Australia on Thursday after the government revoked his visa for failing to meet Covid vaccine admission requirements. He is currently being held in an immigration detention center in Melbourne and faces deportation. Djokovic had flown to Ultramarine airport in hopes of defending his Australian Open crown and claiming an unprecedented 21st Grand Slam title. He said on Instagram that he had obtained the exemption to participate in the tournament, which begins on January 17, without being vaccinated. The 34-year-old refused to publicly disclose his vaccine status, but had previously opposed being shot. He contracted the Covid at least once. But instead of a conquering return of the champion, Djokovic never allowed border control.
Conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison Said Djokovic failed to provide authorities with proof of double vaccination or adequate medical exemption. “The rules are the rules and there are no special cases,” Morrison said. Australian border officials questioned the sports star overnight and revoked his visa on the grounds that he lacked “sufficient evidence to meet entry requirements.” Djokovic’s lawyers are now challenging this decision in court, hoping to prevent the star’s expulsion. Australians have been unable to travel or host families overseas for much of the past two years due to severe pandemic restrictions. Stephen Paris, former vice president of the Australian Medical Association, said the exemption sent a “scary message” to people trying to stop the spread of COVID-19. But the treatment of the Serbian upon his arrival aroused the wrath of his fans and a fierce diplomatic rebuke from the President of Serbia.
“The game will end as soon as possible,” President Aleksander Music said after speaking on the phone. With Djokovic. “In accordance with all the norms of international public law, Serbia will fight for Novak Djokovic, justice and truth. Djokovic’s father echoed this nationalist tone, saying his son had been “held captive for five hours” at Melbourne airport and is expected to return home greeted by a hero. “It’s a fight for a libertarian world, it’s not just a fight for Novak, but a fight for the whole world,” Sputnik told Russian state media in Serbia. Sanja, a 35-year-old Serbian-Australian fan of Djokovic, was eager to see him play in Melbourne. “He went through a civil war to play tennis. He didn’t do anything wrong in the world. If it was Nadal or Federer, there wouldn’t be all this hype about it. ‘No favors. ‘responsible for the saga. Home Secretary Karen Andrews said the government had made no apologies for securing the border, although the PM had previously suggested it was up to Melbourne officials. “and urged him to reveal why he got the exemption to allay public anger.
All participants in the first Grand Slam of 2022 must be vaccinated against Covid19 or have medical exemption, which is only granted after the evaluation of two juries of independent experts. Among the conditions that allow entry without a vaccine is whether a person has had Covid19 in the past six months. It has not been revealed whether this is the case with Djokovic. Tiley said only 26 of the estimated 3,000 players and support staff traveling to Australia for the tournament had requested a vaccine exemption. Only a handful had succeeded. defended the integrity of the exemption request process. “Anyone who met those conditions was allowed in. There was no special favor. Novak got a special opportunity,” Tiley said. Djokovic expressed his opposition to the Covid19 vaccine in April 2020 when it was suggested that they could be mandatory for tournaments to resume.“Personally, I am not a provaccin,” Djokovic said at the time. “I wouldn’t want someone forcing me to get the vaccine for travel. During Djokovic’s questioning at the airport, his trainer Goran Ivanisevic posted a photo on Instagram of himself and the other staff. Serbian backstage, patiently waiting inside the airport for a solution.