Novak Djokovic was joined by a second player in a detention hotel, where damning ‘documents were leaked.’
A YET ANOTHER tennis player’s visa has been revoked by border officials after leaked documents revealed that Tennis Australia disobeyed government directives on medical exemptions.
A second tennis player has had their Australian visa revoked and is being held in the same hotel as Novak Djokovic, despite having a medical exemption.
Renata Voracova had already competed in a Melbourne event when she was told she needed to leave the country.
Djokovic announced he received a medical exemption to compete in the Australian Open, but his visa was cancelled upon arrival in Melbourne, and he is now awaiting an appeal hearing while staying in a quarantine hotel.
On Tuesday, Djokovic announced that he had received “an exemption permission,” which Tennis Australia later confirmed to be a medical exemption, allowing him to fly to Melbourne for the Australian Open.
However, the world No. 1’s visa was cancelled upon arrival after Australian Border Force discovered an “issue” with his visa while en route to Melbourne, and the Serb was detained in an airport room overnight for questioning.
The nine-time Australian Open champion attempted to enter the country on the basis that he had recovered from Covid-19 in the previous six months – the basis for his Tennis Australia-approved medical exemption – but only provided “minimal” proof backed up by only one doctor and was unable to provide more evidence when asked.
Djokovic was taken to a government detention hotel in the city after his lawyers filed an appeal, and he will remain there until Monday, when the appeal hearing will resume at 10 a.m. local time.
Now it’s been revealed that a second player’s visa has been revoked, and he’s being held in the same hotel as the Serb.
According to Australia’s ABC, Czech tennis player Renata Voracova had her visa revoked on Thursday after entering the country on the same grounds as Djokovic. Voracova had already played a doubles match in an Australian Open warm-up tournament in Melbourne.
Tennis Australia granted the world No. 81 a vaccine medical exemption last month, citing her recent recovery from a Covid-19 infection.
Officials from Australia’s Border Force informed the 38-year-old that she was required to do so.
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