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Novak Djokovic does not give up: currently held in a detention center in Melbourne, he believes he can be exempted from vaccination because he contracted Covid-19 in December. He asks to be able to train as the tournament approaches.

Held in a hotel for people in an irregular situation, Novak Djokovic and his lawyers asked Australian authorities on January 8 for permission to leave the Melbourne detention center. The world number 1 having decided to go to the Antipodes to train for the approach of the Australian Open which begins on January 17th.

As a reminder, the Serbian has seen his visa canceled by the Australian authorities because of his unvaccinated status.

Djokovic would have tested positive in mid-December

“The date of the first positive Covid PCR test was recorded on December 16, 2021”, which would allow him an exemption from the vaccination imposed by Australia, said lawyers for the tennis player, 34, in a document filed with the court federal, here quoted by AFP which specifies that its appeal must be examined on January 10.

Novak Djokovic posted a photo of himself at an airport earlier this week, announcing his departure for Australia and explaining that he had obtained a medical exemption, which tournament management had confirmed.

But on his arrival on the night of January 5 to 6, the authorities refused him entry, considering that his grounds for exemption did not meet the strict conditions for entry into the territory imposed under the health measures in force. . His lawyers denounced the fact that the player was then detained for eight hours, without being able to communicate.

Has the Australian Tennis Federation misled players?

In a video that leaked on January 7 in the local press, the boss of the Australian Federation Craig Tiley, under fire from critics for his management of the file, defended the “incredible work” of his teams.

The Federation has been accused of misleading players about the Covid-19 vaccination obligations to enter the country.

In a note to players published by several Australian media, the organization assured that a person who recently contracted Covid-19 could benefit from an exemption from the obligation to be fully vaccinated. Novak Djokovic has always refused to communicate on his vaccination status, while not concealing his hostility to compulsory vaccination.

The Australian government has assured to have warned Tennis Australia in November that this provision was only valid for Australian residents, not for foreign citizens wishing to enter the country.

Another player, Czech Renata Voracova, was placed in the same detention center as Novak Djokovic after also having her visa canceled.

“They bring me food and there is a guard in the hallway. Everything is rationed. I feel a bit like in prison, ”this 38-year-old doubles specialist told the Czech press.

The boss of Tennis Australia explains that the Federation has chosen not to speak publicly because of the appeal of Djokovic who, on January 7, for his first reaction, thanked in a short message on social networks his supporters through the world, as well as “God for health”. In Serbia, the treatment inflicted on the idol of the whole country aroused the indignation and intervention of President Aleksandar Vucic.

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