Recall that Novak Djoković has been detained and is currently staying in a hotel for asylum seekers in Australia. A top tennis player is facing deportation after being refused entry to the country on Wednesday. A few days earlier, a Serb who did not vaccinate against COVID-19 received a waiver from the Victorian state government. The reasons for such a decision have not been disclosed. As assured by the organizers of the Australian Open, the release was issued by two independent medical commissions. This infuriated the Australians.
Border officials said Novak Djoković was unable to adequately justify the reason for his medical discharge. The authorities of the state of Victoria and the organizers of the Australian Open had previously assured that the outstanding player was not given concessionary treatment. On Friday, Australia’s Interior Minister Karen Andrews announced that she would look at other players’ visas, as there is a suspicion that some of them also did not meet the entry requirements.
“We have some data that shows that there are now people who have not met the entry requirements and we need to investigate this,” the minister told Channel 9.
However, she did not reveal how many tennis players were investigated or against whom there were such suspicions.
The Serb has filed an appeal that will allow him to stay in Australia and take part in the tournament. The case will be heard by the court most likely next Monday, one week before the start of the Australia Open. If Novak Djoković plays, he will be defending the title he won last year.