The World tennis number one is on his way down under for the Australian Open after being granted a medical exemption.
Novak Djokovic has consistently refused to declare his vaccination status with many expecting it to cost him entry to Australia for this month’s tournament.
Details around his exemption have so far been kept anonymous despite furious Australians demanding to know why he’s allowed in.
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The defending champion posted to social media overnight confirming that he is on his way.
“Happy New Year, everybody! Wishing you all health, love, and happiness in every present moment and may you feel love & respect towards all beings on this wonderful planet.
“I’ve spent fantastic quality time with my loved ones over the break and today I’m heading Down Under with an exemption permission. Let’s go 2022 !” his post on Instagram reads.
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Tennis Australia released a brief statement on the approval last night, saying that independent medical bodies made the decision.
“Djokovic applied for a medical exemption which was granted following a rigorous review process involving two separate independent panels of medical experts,” the statement reads.
“One of those was the Independent Medical Exemption Review Panel appointed by the Victorian Department of Health.
“They assessed all applications to see if they met the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation guidelines,” it says.
Aussie player Alex De Minaur was asked about it after his loss to Daniil Medvedev at the ATP Cup in Sydney last night.
“It‘s just very interesting, that’s all I’m going to say. But, hey, it is what it is.
“I just hope that the other players that I heard there were other cases as well, they got exemptions, so I hope they will all fit the criteria,” he said.