Novak Djokovic: Lawyers say tennis star Covid positive result in December grants him vaccine exemption


Dispute over Djokovic’s vaccine status continues as tennis star waits to see if he will be kicked out from Australia

In court documents released on Saturday January 8, it is stated that the Serb tested positive on December 16 and has “not had a fever or respiratory symptoms from Covid-19 for the past 72 hours.”

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Djokovic has been held at an immigration center in Melbourne since Thursday morning January 6 after his visa was canceled following a close review of the medical exemption he obtained to attend the first major tennis tournament of the year.

Djokovic “meets the requirements” for a trip without quarantine

According to his legal team, Djokovic also received a letter from Tennis Australia’s chief medical officer stating that he had a medical exemption from the Covid vaccination.

It is claimed that the exemption certificate was “provided by an expert independent medical review committee commissioned by Tennis Australia” and that “the decision of that committee has been reviewed and approved by an exemption review committee medical services independent of the government of the state of Victoria ”.

Djokovic’s lawyers added that he obtained an “Australian travel declaration” because authorities told him that [he met] the requirements for an arrival without quarantine in Australia ”.

On Friday, January 7, it emerged that two other people linked to the tournament had joined Djokovic for being ordered to leave the country by the Australian Border Force.

One of them is Czech doubles specialist Renata Voracova, who took part in a warm-up tournament in Melbourne this week but has now chosen to leave Australia.

Djokovic, 34, is instructed to stay at the Park Hotel in Melbourne, which houses asylum seekers and refugees, before Monday’s hearing.

He broke his silence on Instagram by saying, “Thank you to people around the world for your continued support. I can feel it and it is greatly appreciated.

His wife Jelena also took to social media to express her gratitude to the player’s fans for their support.

In Instagram and Twitter posts, Jelena Djokovic wrote: “Thank you dear people all over the world for using your voice to send love to my husband.

“I take a deep breath to calm myself down and find gratitude (and understanding) right now for everything that’s going on. The only law we should all obey across every border is love and respect for another human being.

“Love and forgiveness are never a mistake but a powerful force. I wish you all good luck! “

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, who has been a fierce critic of Djokovic on many topics, has taken to Twitter to call on his country to “do better” in its treatment of the 20-time major champion.

World number 93 wrote: ‘Look, I really believe in action, I got the vaccine because of other people and for my mother’s health, but the way we are handling Novak’s situation is bad, really bad. .

“Like those memes, headlines, he’s one of our great champions but at the end of the day he’s human. Do better.”

Djokovic’s father claimed the world number one was made a scapegoat and “crucified” in the row.

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