Another twist on the Djokovic case. Australian authorities took the floor. They want proof of Tennis

The continuing pandemic has led to severe sanitary restrictions in Australia, which will also apply to this year’s Australian Open Grand Slam tournament. A few weeks ago it was announced that only vaccinated tennis players would be able to take part in the competition.

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Controversy over Djokovic’s participation in the Australian Open

Recently, however, there has been information that one exception will be introduced, which caused a lot of controversy. It was Novak Djokovic, who was allowed to participate in the Australian Open, although he has not disclosed his immunization status for a long time. This leads to the conclusion that the Serb did not get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Djoković was to be declared a “medical exception” and he could have appeared in the AO. Even more controversy arose after it was announced that the vaccinated Natalia Wichlancewa would not play in the tournament. The Russian woman took Sputnik 5, which is not recognized by Australian authorities.

The decision to admit Djoković to the tournament was met with great criticism. “Spit in the face of Australians”, “Cash jump” – these are just some of the comments on this controversial decision.

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Djokovic’s problems with entering Australia

It is possible, however, that all the fuss with the Serbian tennis player will end, and not in the way he had imagined. It may turn out that despite being allowed to participate, Djoković will ultimately not play in the Australian Open. The federal authorities are said to be exact in following the rules and may not let him into the country.

Australian Interior Minister Karen Andrews, quoted inter alia by “The Australian” said that “no one will get any special treatment”. – Anyone wishing to enter Australia must adhere to our strict border requirements. While the state government of Victoria and Tennis Australia may allow unvaccinated players to participate in the Australian Open, the community government will enforce our requirements at the Australian border, she stressed.

According to Andrews, Djoković would have had to present credible medical evidence shortly after arriving in Australia that he could not receive the coronavirus vaccine. If he doesn’t, he may miss an upcoming tournament. The Austrian Open will start on January 17th and end on January 30th.

About David Martin

David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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