Novak Djokovic refused entry to Australia, had his visa canceled after initial COVID-19 medical exemption

BRISBANE, Australia – Novak Djokovic has been denied entry to Australia and has his visa canceled after arriving in Melbourne late Wednesday to defend his title at the opening tennis tournament of the season.

The Australian Border Force released a statement early Thursday local time saying Djokovic had failed to provide appropriate evidence to satisfy entry requirements and “visa was subsequently cancelled.”

Top-ranked Djokovic has flown in after receiving a medical exemption from the strict coronavirus vaccination requirements imposed for the Australian Open, where he is a nine-time winner.

Australian media reported that Djokovic’s team applied for the wrong type of visa for a person with a medical exemption.

Djokovic’s lawyers are expected to appeal the decision, which comes after the 20-time major winner spent more than eight hours at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport waiting to see if he was allowed. to enter this country or not.

Djokovic’s father, Srdjan Djokovic, told internet portal B92 that his son was kept “in a room no one can enter” at the airport, guarded by two policemen.

Djokovic’s participation in the Australian Open has become a hot political topic, with many Australians angry that he is exempt from entering the country. Meanwhile, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Instagram he spoke to Djokovic while he was being held at the airport, adding that the Serbian authorities were taking measures “to make the hand harassing behaviour. The best racket in the world is terminated as soon as possible.” “

Speculation about a possible visa issue emerged while Djokovic was in transit and escalated with mixed messages from federal and state lawmakers.

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