Novak Djokovic was warned in November that he did not qualify for a medical exemption for the Australian Open.


Novak Djokovic was warned in November that he did not qualify for a medical exemption for the Australian Open.

After receiving a medical exemption to compete in the upcoming Australian Open, NOVAK DJOKOVIC had his visa cancelled upon arrival in Melbourne.

The medical exemption granted to Novak Djokovic has sparked outrage in Australia in recent days.

After receiving “exemption permission,” the world No. 1 announced on Tuesday that he would travel to Melbourne for the Australian Open.

When he arrived in Australia, however, Australia’s Border Force discovered an “issue” with his visa, and it was cancelled.

The Australian Open was warned that Djokovic’s exemption was invalid in November, according to a federal government letter.

Djokovic’s participation in the Australian Open had been in doubt for several months after it was confirmed that all players needed to be fully vaccinated to compete. On Tuesday, the nine-time champion announced that he would be playing after receiving “an exemption permission,” with Tennis Australia confirming that his exemption was granted on medical grounds.

It was “granted following a rigorous review process involving two separate independent panels of medical experts,” one of whom was appointed by the Victorian Department of Health, and they both followed the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) guidelines.

However, when Djokovic arrived in Melbourne late on Wednesday, border officials pulled him aside because they discovered an “issue” with his visa while in the air.

According to The Age, the world No. 1 attempted to enter the country on the basis that he had recovered from a Covid infection in the previous six months, the basis for his medical exemption, but he was unable to provide sufficient evidence, and his claim was denied.

According to the report, when asked for more proof by border and Victorian state officials, Djokovic presented “minimal” evidence for his exemption, which was backed up by only one doctor.

“The ABF can confirm that Mr Djokovic failed to provide appropriate evidence to meet the entry requirements to Australia, and his visa has been subsequently cancelled,” said Australia’s Border Force.

“Non-citizens who enter Australia without a valid visa or whose visa has been revoked will be detained and removed.”

Djokovic arrived in the country under the impression that he had received a medical exemption that would allow him to cross the border and compete, but this was not the case.

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