The people of Australia are absolutely livid after Novak Djokovic was given a medical exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine in order to participate in the Australian Open later this month.
However, when the No. 1 player in the world arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday, he was denied entry into the country because of a visa mix-up, according to the Times of London.
Basically, a member of Novak Djokovic’s camp failed to request a certain visa that he needs for this medical exemption and the Australian government doesn’t seem like they’re keen on allowing the Serbian to actually gain entry.
This is what Victorian sports minister Jaala Pulford had to say about the situation, via Twitter:
“We will not be providing Novak Djokovic with individual visa application support to participate in the 2022 Australian Open grand slam. 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.”
At this point, it’s unknown how Djokovic is going to participate in the Australian Open. Despite the medical exemption, it appears he needed a specific visa from a doctor which the tennis star currently doesn’t have. Although the entire country is enraged over Novak Djokovic even being permitted to participate in the prestigious tournament, he needs just one more Grand Slam to pass Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to become the most successful men’s player ever.
But now, his status for the major is very uncertain.