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Tennis player Novak Djokovic told to leave Australia

DW, 06 Jan 2022
Tennis player Novak Djokovic was denied entry to Australia on Thursday after almost nine hours stuck at an airport in Melbourne. Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt said: "It's tough, but it's fair."

News agency Reuters said the tennis player would seek a federal injunction against the decision. An Australian court later said an injunction hearing would take place in the afternoon local time.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison told a press briefing Thursday that Djokovic failed to provide sufficient proof at the airport that would have allowed him to receive a medical exemption to enter Australia without being vaccinated against COVID-19.

According to Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley, there were exceptional circumstances, allowing certain individuals to enter the country, such as people who have recovered from the virus in the last six months or those that have an acute medical condition, thus unable to receive a vaccine.

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