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Australia, Djokovic case: vaccine exemption requested for contracting Covid in December

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Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic contracted the coronavirus last December 16 and for this he obtained exemption from vaccinating to enter Australia. His lawyers report this, according to documents filed in court. A statement that raises more than a suspicion since on 17 December the champion celebrated – complete with a post on Instagram – the stamp that Serbia dedicated to him.

Djokovic was in fact the first sportsman to whom Serbia dedicated a stamp. “We’ll take them home and use them to send our children’s letters to Santa Claus,” the world‘s number 1 tweeted on Twitter.

In the meantime, the tennis player has asked to be allowed to leave the Park Hotel in Melbourne, where he has been since Wednesday, in order to train for the Australian Open. The request was filed by the Serbian champion’s lawyers with the court that next Monday will decide whether to revoke the visa cancellation of the Serbian champion. Arrived in Australia last Wednesday to play the Australian Open, Djokovic was arrested and placed in solitary confinement in the hotel because he lacked a vaccination certificate.

The tennis player’s lawyers said Djokovic was held for eight hours upon arrival in Australia: “This happened after he was on immigration clearance – most of the time in solitary confinement – for about eight hours, until just before 8:00 am on January 6, 2022, ”they stated in the request to the federal court that aims to cancel the cancellation of his visa.

Djokovic contracted COVID-19 a month ago, with no symptoms, and received written authorization before leaving to enter Australia without a mandatory quarantine period. These are the elements of the defense of the number 1 in the world that his lawyers presented to the judges in the context of the proceedings initiated with his appeal against the cancellation of the visa. Djokovic reportedly tested positive for coronavirus on December 16, 2021. Fourteen days later, he certified that he had not had fever or respiratory problems in the previous 72 hours. In addition, the number 1 in the world would also have received, again according to what is known through the Australian media and international press agencies, a document from the Department of Home Affairs in which it is certified that “based on his answers”, he corresponds the requirements to enter Australia without quarantine.

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