Novak Djokovic, wife speak out after tennis star denied entry to Australia over COVID vaccine controversy

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Written By Edward Sutelan

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As Novak Djokovic continues to hold successful a Melbourne edifice to spot whether helium volition beryllium deported oregon tin stay successful Australia, helium and his woman person thanked his supporters for sticking by him.

On his Instagram story, Djokovic thanked radical astir the satellite "for your continuous support," noting that helium "can consciousness it and it is greatly appreciated."

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His wife, Jelena Djokovic, besides thanked the tennis star's fans connected Twitter. She said she was "taking a heavy enactment to calm down and find gratitude (and understanding) successful this infinitesimal for each that is happening."

The lone instrumentality that we should each respect crossed each azygous borderline is Love and respect for different quality being. Love and forgiveness is ne'er a mistake but a almighty force.🙏♥️🎄

— Jelena Djokovic (@jelenadjokovic) January 7, 2022

"The lone instrumentality that we should each respect crossed each azygous borderline is Love and respect for different quality being. Love and forgiveness is ne'er a mistake but a almighty force," Jelena Djokovic wrote connected Twitter.

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Djokovic arrived successful Melbourne connected Wednesday, a time aft helium had been granted a aesculapian exemption to play successful the Australian Open contempt stringent COVID-19 restrictions successful the nation. After an uproar successful the nation, Djokovic was halted upon introduction and his visa was canceled aft the Australian Border Force noticed an mistake successful his aesculapian exemption application. He volition stay successful the Park Hotel, which houses immigration detainees, until Monday, erstwhile an entreaty implicit his visa denial volition beryllium held.

Australia requires anyone entering the state to beryllium vaccinated, and arsenic such, participants successful the Australian Open were besides required to beryllium vaccinated. Medical exemptions necessitate acute conditions to debar the request to quarantine if entering the country. Djokovic's aesculapian exemption had been approved by 2 aesculapian panels organized by Tennis Australia and from the Victoria authorities government, but the ABF said helium lacked grounds to enactment his request for an exemption.

Djokovic has spoken retired against vaccinations successful general, though helium has not publically stated whether helium has received the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the BBC, Djokovic said backmost successful April 2020 that helium was "opposed to vaccination" earlier aboriginal noting that helium is not an adept and would person an "open mind." He besides said that helium would not beryllium forced to beryllium vaccinated to question oregon compete.

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Djokovic is not the lone subordinate who has tally into issues entering the state for the Australian Open, arsenic the Associated Press reported 2 different radical connected to the tourney besides were nether probe for visa issues. One of them is Renata Voracova, a doubles subordinate from the Czech Republic. The country's embassy successful Australia announced she has decided to driblet retired of the tourney and caput location aft being detained astatine the aforesaid edifice arsenic Djokovic. 

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