World No. 1 tennis participant Novak Djokovic has dominated the Australian Open for over a decade profitable 9 titles on the first grand slam of the calendar 12 months. However, 2022 would be the first 12 months he will not play within the grand slam match since 2005.
After flying into Melbourne on Wednesday, Djokovic was stopped by Australian border management as a result of an error in his medical exemption. Djokovic’s possibilities to three-peat at this 12 months’s grand slam have been in query for a number of months now, after Australia announced that players would be required to be vaccinated to enter the nation. The 20-time grand slam winner has notoriously been towards the COVID-19 vaccination, though his vaccination standing remains to be not public.
Australian Open Prime Minister Scott Morrison commented on the scenario with a tweet:
Mr Djokovic’s visa has been cancelled. Guidelines are guidelines, particularly on the subject of our borders. Nobody is above these guidelines. Our sturdy border insurance policies have been vital to Australia having one of many lowest demise charges on this planet from COVID, we’re persevering with to be vigilant.
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) January 5, 2022
On Jan. 4, Djokovic made headlines when it was introduced that the Australian Open organizers gave him a medical exemption to play on the match. This brought on an outrage in Australia, as residents of the nation have handled intense restrictions because the pandemic started again in early 2020.
On Wednesday, studies indicated Djokovic’s arrival to Australia could be delayed. The Australian Border Power observed there was an error on his medical exemption utility upon Djokovic’s entry to the nation; Djokovic’s crew did not particularly ask for him to be exempt from being vaccinated.
According to reports, Djokovic was questioned within the airport and won’t be allowed formally into the nation till the difficulty is sorted out. After researching extra, Border Power requested Djokovic to go away the nation. According to The Age, Djokovic’s attorneys plan to enchantment.
With the omicron variant surging, Australia has strengthened restrictions, with little or no journey allowed. Round 90 p.c of the nation’s 16 and over inhabitants is vaccinated, however the nation remains to be seeing its highest COVID numbers because the pandemic started, according to BBC.
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I’ve spent unbelievable high quality time with family members over break & as we speak I’m heading Down Below with an exemption permission. Let’s go 2022! pic.twitter.com/e688iSO2d4
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) January 4, 2022
Djokovic’s obvious vaccine exemption angered Australians.
Novak Djokovic is on his option to Melbourne tonight.
The anti-vax world primary has been cleared to play within the Australian Open, after he was granted a medical exemption.
— 9News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) January 5, 2022
“No-one is or shall be receiving particular therapy due to who they’re or what they’ve achieved professionally,” says Victorian minister Jaala Pulford on Novak Djokovic.
False. Athletes, actors and the rich have acquired particular therapy since day one of many pandemic.
— Karen Sweeney (@karenlsweeney) January 4, 2022
Australians have been denied for 2 years, however this bloke – who’s taken extraordinary liberties within the face of the coronavirus – will get his exemption. Novak Djokovic is an all-time nice, however he ain’t important.
— Andy Maher (@AndyMaherDFA) January 4, 2022
Will probably be *VERY* attention-grabbing to see how individuals in Melbourne, the town with the world’s longest COVID-19 lockdown, will react to Novak Djokovic enjoying on the Australian Open.
— Nikolaus Fink (@NikolausFink) January 4, 2022
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Djokovic hasn’t suffered any accidents not too long ago, at the very least none that he made public, resulting in hypothesis to what his reasoning might be to earn the medical exemption.
Australian Open individuals have already been arriving for the final week or so to be able to quarantine. Vaccinations are required for gamers, and if they arrive in shut contact with a constructive case, they need to bear at the very least a seven-day quarantine.
The Australian Open begins Monday, Jan. 17 and runs by Sunday, Jan. 30.