Novak Djokovic claims he had Covid last month and is therefore eligible to compete in the Australian Open.


Novak Djokovic claims he had Covid last month and is therefore eligible to compete in the Australian Open.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC’S lawyers have explained why he is exempt from vaccinations.

According to lawyers in court documents, Novak Djokovic had a vaccine exemption to enter Australia after being infected by Covid in December.

As a result, they’ve told Australia’s Federal Circuit and Family Court that he should be allowed to leave immigration detention and compete in the Australian Open later this month.

Djokovic arrived in Australia this week to defend his Australian Open title, hoping to win the Grand Slam for the fourth time in a row.

Tennis Australia and Victoria State arranged two independent medical panels to grant the Serbian superstar a medical exemption to fly in from Dubai, according to tournament organizers.

Djokovic, who has spoken out against the Covid vaccine, was apprehended by border officials at Melbourne airport and taken to a detention hotel after several hours.

He was told he didn’t meet the entry requirements, and his visa was subsequently cancelled by the Australian Border Force (ABF).

Djokovic’s team has appealed the ABF’s harsh decision, and they now await a decision from Australia’s Federal Circuit and Family Court on whether he can compete in the season’s first Grand Slam.

He was infected by Covid last month, which was not announced at the time, according to his lawyers, but he has fully recovered.

“The first positive Covid PCR test was recorded on December 16, 2021,” they wrote.

Djokovic’s lawyers also stated that 14 days after testing positive, he “hadn’t had a fever or respiratory symptoms of Covid-19 in the last 72 hours.”

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