Novak Djokovic denied entry to Australia


Lawyers fighting to deport tennis star Novak Djokovic claims he was not assured that a medical exemption would allow him to enter Australia.

The Australian government's court filing also reveals that Djokovic, 34, is unvaccinated.

Non-dual vaccinated foreigners are barred from entering Australia under Covid border rules, unless they have a medical exemption. Djokovic's legal team claims that a recent infection qualifies him for an exemption.

Last week, the Serbian tennis player arrived in Melbourne, hoping to defend his Australian Open title. Instead, he has been detained in an immigration detention center while his lawyers prepare to file an appeal against Australia's federal government's decision to cancel his visa.

The case is scheduled to be heard by a judge on Monday. Tennis Australia has stated that it needs to know if he will be allowed to play by Tuesday in order to schedule his matches for the tournament, which begins on January 17th.

Djokovic's lawyers filed a 35-page document on Saturday arguing that their client met the criteria for a vaccine exemption certificate due to a recent Covid infection, which was confirmed by a PCR test on December 16.

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