The Serbian tennis court on Monday renewed a visa that was revoked by the authorities on the nine-time winner of the inaugural grand slam of the season after arrival due to questioning the approved exemption from coronavirus vaccination. However, the court ruled on procedural matters and the fate of Djokovic and his participation in the tournament, which begins on Monday, will be decided by the Minister of Immigration Alex Hawke.
“It’s in the process. Minister Hawke is scrutinizing the case. At this time, we don’t have to comment further,” the minister’s spokesman said. If he canceled Djokovic’s visa, the subsequent deportation would mean that the 34-year-old Serb would be banned from entering Australia for three years.
Australian diaries The Age and Sky News, meanwhile, reported that Djokovic probably lied about filling out the form: he said he had not traveled 14 days before arriving in Australia (January 6). But the tennis player left Belgrade for training in Marbella, Spain. Djokovic allegedly claims that travel documents were completed for him by the Australian Tennis Association.
The closely watched case was also handled together by the prime ministers of both countries. Scott Morrison and Ana Brnabič spoke on the phone and explained the situation to each other.
The men’s tennis organization ATP said in a statement that it welcomed Monday’s court decision, as the situation was unpleasant on all fronts, including Djokovic’s preparations for the Australian Open. At the same time, the ATP management emphasized that it recommended vaccinations to players, and that 97 percent of the world’s 100 tennis players took the coronavirus vaccine.
Djokovic is not vaccinated and received an exemption based on his covid-19 disease in the last six months. But there is also uncertainty about this, as according to his lawyers he had a positive test for coronavirus on December 16, then he was supposed to be quarantined, but a day later he appeared in public.
Source: EuroZprávy.cz by eurozpravy.cz.
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