During the Australian Open, Ryanair makes a playful dig at Novak Djokovic.
RYANAIR has spoken out about Novak Djokovic’s visa, which was revoked when he arrived in Melbourne for the Australian Open.
Ryanair has weighed in on Novak Djokovic’s visa snafu with a witty tweet.
After receiving a medical exemption to compete in the Australian Open, the world No. 1 had his visa revoked when he arrived in Melbourne for the tournament.
He is now being held in a quarantine hotel for the weekend while awaiting the results of an appeal hearing on Monday.
Djokovic announced on Tuesday that he was flying to Australia for the season-opening Grand Slam after being granted “an exemption permission” in an Instagram post.
“A medical exemption was granted following a rigorous review process involving two separate independent panels of medical experts,” Tennis Australia said.
However, while Djokovic was on his way to Melbourne, Australian Border Force officials discovered that a member of his team had applied for the “wrong type” of visa, having documents that did not cover medical exemptions and required the Serb to be fully vaccinated in order to use the visa.
Border officials took the 34-year-old to an airport room and questioned him overnight after he arrived in Melbourne late on Wednesday local time.
According to The Age, the Serb attempted to enter the country on the grounds that he had recovered from a Covid-19 infection in the previous six months, which was the basis for his medical exemption, but Australian Border Force denied him.
When asked by both border officials and the Victorian government, Djokovic presented “minimal” evidence for his exemption, which was backed up by only one doctor, and he was unable to produce additional documentation.
His visa had been revoked, and the 20-time Grand Slam champion would be deported, it was announced on Thursday morning local time.
“The Australian Border Force can confirm that Mr Djokovic failed to provide appropriate evidence to meet the entry requirements to Australia, and his visa was subsequently cancelled,” the border said in a statement.
“Non-citizens who enter Australia without a valid visa or who have had their visa cancelled will be detained and removed.”
Djokovic’s lawyers have filed an appeal against his deportation and are attempting to have his visa reinstated, which means the world No. 1 will spend the next few months in a quarantine hotel.
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Unlucky @DjokerNole Flight home? pic.twitter.com/D8mpNq4jEB
— Ryanair (@Ryanair) January 5, 2022