Djokovic denied entry to Australia after landing over extraordinary visa mix-up
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Serbian Tennis star Novak Djokovic has been denied entrance into Australia following an extraordinary mix-up with his visa application.
Djokovic had flown halfway around the world to defend his Australian Open title this month in Melbourne.
However, his presence in Australia had been controversial, while the Serb had never explicitly stated he was unvaccinated, Djokovic has said he is "opposed to vaccination."
And Djokovic had been handed a medical exemption to compete in the tournament later this month.
However, a member of Djokovic's team made a mistake in requesting a type of visa that does not apply to those who have received medical exemptions from a vaccine.
Federal Border Force officials contacted the Victorian government to ask for them to formally support Djokovic's visa application.
The defending champion needs a visa to 'work' at the Australian Open later this month.
However, acting sports minister Jaala Pulford tweeted: “The federal government has asked if we will support Novak Djokovic’s visa application to enter Australia.
“We will not be providing Novak Djokovic with individual visa application support to participate in the 2022 Australian Open grand slam.
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"We’ve always been clear on two points: visa approvals are a matter for the federal government, and medical exemptions are a matter for doctors.”
Scott Morrison, Australia’s prime minister, has further put his appearance in doubt.
He said: “If he is not vaccinated, he must provide acceptable proof that he cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons to be able to access the same travel arrangements as fully vaccinated travellers.
- Novak Djokovic
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