Explainer: Why is Novak Djokovic not allowed to enter Australia | Tennis News

Novak Djokovic, who swept all four matches of last year’s Grand Slam Tennis Championships, scored a victory, and it takes a title to enter 2022 to create a man in 21 Grand Slam tournaments. Record.

When the match starts in Melbourne on January 17, he may not have the opportunity to pursue this result at the Australian Open.

That’s because even though the 34-year-old Djokovic from Serbia is Get medical exemption In order to resolve the COVID-19 vaccine requirements of all players and their supporting teams during hard court matches, his visa to enter Australia It is revoked In the early hours of Thursday after he left Detained at the airport About eight hours.

Here are some questions surrounding Djokovic’s attempt to participate in the Australian Open:

Why was Djokovic granted a medical exemption? Has anyone given it?

The Victorian government, where Melbourne Park is located, stipulates that all players, staff and fans of the Australian Open must be vaccinated unless there is a real medical reason.

Victoria’s Lieutenant Governor James Merlino stated that medical exemption will not be a “loophole for privileged tennis players” and will only be possible “if you suffer from an acute illness in special circumstances”.

The Australian Tennis Association stated that Djokovic’s request for exemption was “approved after a rigorous review process involving two independent teams of independent medical experts”.

Neither the Australian Tennis Association nor Djokovic revealed the reasons for his seeking exemption.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley (Craig Tiley) said that a total of 26 players or support personnel applied for an exemption, and a “few” were approved.

Why was he barred from entering Australia at the time?

When he landed at the airport, the Australian Border Force cancelled Djokovic’s visa, saying that he “failed to provide appropriate evidence to meet the entry requirements”.

“No one can go beyond these rules,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison wrote on Twitter, and later stated at a press conference that Djokovic’s exemption was invalid, but did not explain the details.

How did Serbia and Australia react?

The news that Djokovic was exempted on his way to Australia is not exactly Welcome warmly in MelbourneAt the height of the pandemic, most people endured months of strict lockdowns and severe travel restrictions.

After the announcement, former Australian football player Kevin Bartlett said on Twitter that Australians were “considered as fools”.

Another former player, Corey McKernan (Corey McKernan) wrote on Twitter: “People who are dying/needing emergency treatment cannot enter their own state. You tell people that they cannot go to Coles or Coles without being drugged. Cafe, but if you are number one in the world, will you get a pass?”

It is not surprising that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic opposed Djokovic’s state after his arrival, which he called “harassment”.

“The whole of Serbia is with him… Our authorities are taking all measures to end the abuse of the world’s best tennis players as soon as possible,” President Vucic said after a phone call with Djokovic. “According to all standards of public international law, Serbia will fight for Novak Djokovic, justice and truth.”

Djokovic’s father responded to this nationalist tone, claiming that his son was “detained for five hours” at Melbourne Airport and should be welcomed back home like a hero.

“This is a fight for a liberal world. This is not just a fight for Novak, but a fight for the whole world,” he told the Russian state-run satellite media in Serbia.

Is Djokovic vaccinated? Is he infected with COVID-19?

Although Djokovic refused to specify whether he was vaccinated against the coronavirus, if he is fully vaccinated, he does not need an exemption to enter Australia.

Earlier, he issued a statement saying: “I personally oppose the COVID-19 vaccine in order to be able to travel. But if it becomes mandatory, I will have to decide whether to do so.”

Two months later, after a series of performance competitions organized by him, he and his wife tested positive for the coronavirus and did not maintain social distancing or wear masks.

What happened next?

Djokovic opposed deportation from Australia and is currently being held in the Park Hotel as an isolation and immigration detention facility in Melbourne.

Court officials stated that Judge Anthony Kelly will hear Djokovic’s appeal against impending deportation, which has been postponed to 07:00 GMT.