Thursday, September 29, 2022

JUST IN: Novak Djokovic cleared to play Wimbledon, French Open

Drama was thick and fast in the ongoing saga involving Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open earlier this year, which began when the Serbian star flew to Melbourne and claimed a vaccine exemption on 16 December due to a positive PCR test result .

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Border agents denied his exemption saying a recent transition was not eligible, tore his visa and placed him in a detention centre. But vaccine-skeptic Djokovic’s high-powered legal team dramatically reversed Visa’s decision in court on a procedural matter related to his airport interview.

Many Australians were outraged by the turn that initially saw Djokovic receive the green light to play at the Australian Open, and his visa was eventually revoked for a second time, stopping his participation in the tournament that eventually led to rivals. Was won by Rafael Nadal. ,

However, as of the year’s next Grand Slam, it is learned that the All England Club of Wimbledon has confirmed that the COVID vaccination will not be required to compete in this year’s tournament.

There are no plans for any coronavirus restrictions this time around, while 20-time Slam winner Djokovic, who has clarified that he has not been vaccinated, will also be able to compete at the French Open.

This year’s Wimbledon tournament will take place from June 27 to July 10.

recently speaking exclusively BBCDjokovic has spoken out for the first time since his exile, and has said that he should not associate with the anti-vax movement, but supported an individual’s right to choose.

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Asked if he would give up his stance to participate in events such as Wimbledon and the French Open, he replied: “Yeah, that’s the price I’m willing to pay.”

“I was never against vaccinations,” he told the BBC, confirming he had vaccines as a child, “but I have always supported the freedom to choose what you put in your body.” .

“I was never against vaccination. I understand that globally, everyone is trying to make a big effort to deal with this virus and hopefully this virus will end soon.”

The Serbian star also elaborated on his time spent in custody in Melbourne and insisted that there was nothing to be said about his medical exemption.

“I was really sad and disappointed with the way everything ended for me in Australia,” he said. “it was not easy.”

“Absolutely, the visa declaration error was not made intentionally. This was accepted and confirmed by the Federal Court and the Minister himself in the Ministry of Immigration in Australia.

“So really, what people probably don’t know is that I wasn’t deported from Australia on the grounds that I wasn’t vaccinated, or I broke a rule or I made an error in my visa declaration. All of that was actually approved and validated by the Federal Court of Australia and the Minister of Immigration.

“The reason I was deported from Australia was because the Minister of Immigration exercised his discretion to revoke my visa, based on the assumption that I might create some anti-vax sentiment in the country or city, to which I would be completely I kind of disagree.”

Ahead of the Australian Open, a video surfaced to show two Australian news anchors starting a slur about the world’s No. 1 tennis player.

Rebecca Maddern commented on Djokovic being a “lying, sneaky asshole” during an ad break on Melbourne’s 7NEWS on Tuesday.

The Maddern co-host also called the Serbian an “ass” who has fallen. “On Your Own F***ing Lies”,

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