Australian judge favors Djokovic, reinstates cancellation of his visa

Australian judge favors Djokovic, reinstates cancellation of his visa

Novak Djokovic returned to training earlier this week after winning his appeal to stay in Australia to play in the Australian Open, with his exemption from strict coronavirus vaccine rules favored by an Australian judge. However, his participation in the competition is still unclear as the federal government continues its legal rights to cancel his visa and deport him. Follow us for more OBN tennis updates!

Earlier, Australia has denied the nine-time Australian Open champion’s entry visa following an outcry over his controversial “medical exemption” from the country’s coronavirus vaccination rules granted by the competition’s organizers. The Australian Border Force earlier claimed that, “Djokovic failed to provide appropriate evidence to meet the entry requirements to Australia.”

However, Federal Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly reinstated Djokovic’s visa and ordered his release within 30 minutes with his passport and other travel documents to be returned to him. The night after the shocking court rule, Djokovic tweeted a photo showing his team standing on one of the main show courts of the tournament.

“I’m pleased and grateful that the Judge overturned my visa cancellation. Despite all that has happened, I want to stay and try to compete at the Australian Open,” Djokovic said in the post. It is learnt that Australia requires all foreign visitors entering the country to be double vaccinated, while Australians who aren’t vaccinated face tough travel and quarantine restrictions.

ATP also released a statement regarding Djokovic, saying that the court hearing have been “damaging on all fronts” including Djokovic’s preparation. They also explained the medical exemption request. “Player medical exemption requests are made independently of ATP, however we have been in constant contact with Tennis Australia to seek clarity throughout this process,” ATP said.

Australia opened the New Year with a record number of new COVID-19 cases due to the surge in the eastern states. In 2020, Djokovic voiced opposition to compulsory COVID-19 vaccines, saying he “wouldn’t want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel.” The Australian Open is set to run from January 17-30.

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