13 Jan 2022 | 06:57 | Tennis
The ATP said it sympathized with Djokovic and the Australian public, and emphasized that it had done everything to resolve the problems that occurred with players entering Australia to compete in the Australian Open Grand Slam .
After being denied an entry visa by Australia on January 6, on the afternoon of January 10, a federal court in Melbourne decided that the cancellation of Djokovic’s visa was “unreasonable”, demanding an immediate end to detention. The Serbian tennis player has not been vaccinated against COVID-19.
The ruling also has the potential to clear the way for the 34-year-old tennis player to participate in the tournament starting on Monday (January 17).
The ATP statement read: “The ATP fully respects the sacrifices Australians have made since COVID-19 began, as well as the stringent immigration policies that have been put in place.
During his trip to Melbourne, it was clear that Novak Djokovic was sure he had obtained the necessary medical clearance, in compliance with the immigration regulations.
But the series of events leading up to Monday’s trial took a toll on all fronts, including Novak’s health and preparations for the Australian Open.”
Commenting on the COVID-19 vaccine exemption, ATP added: “Requests for medical exemptions are made independently of ATP. However, we are in regular contact with tennis Australia to understand the whole process.”
Also in the latest statement, ATP indicated that Djokovic could have avoided the problem: “ATP specifically recommends vaccination for all players participating in the ATP Tour, which we believe is essential for our sport to stop the pandemic…
We always encourage about 97% of the world’s top 100 players to be vaccinated before participating in this year’s Australian Open.”
Although he has returned to the training ground, whether Djokovic will be able to attend the 2022 Australian Open is still open. It is known that with the personal power of the Australian Immigration Minister – Alex Hawke, he can order Nole’s visa to be canceled at any time.