Novak Djokovic will be put on ‘the next plane home’ unless he can provide evidence that he was worthy of being granted a medical exemption that will allow him to compete at the upcoming Australian Open.
Aussie Prime Minister Scott Morrison has added his name to the growing list of dissenters who have been left astonished by the apparent leniency the world No.1 has been afforded.
On Tuesday night the defending champion confirmed, via his Instagram account, that he was due to arrive Melbourne to participate in the first grand slam of the year having been granted ‘exemption permission’.
All players must either be fully vaccinated or apply for and secure a medical exemption in order to enter Victoria without undertaking the mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Djokovic, however, has bypassed those rules and will be able to compete as normal, a decision which has now prompted criticism at a political level.
‘My view is that any individual seeking to enter Australia must comply with our border requirements,’ said Morrison.
‘Now Novak Djokovic – when he arrives in Australia – he has to, if he’s not vaccinated, must provide acceptable proof that he cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons to be able to access the same travel arrangements as fully vaccinated travellers.
‘So we await his presentation and what evidence he provides us to support that.
‘If that evidence is insufficient, then he will be treated no different and he’ll be on the next plane home.
‘There should be no special tools for Novak Djokovic at all. None whatsoever.
‘My view is he should be treated no different to anyone else. There are other cases – there are quite a number over the last couple of years – where people have had these exemptions and have the suitable proof to support their claim in those circumstances.’
‘So the circumstance is not unique. The issue is whether he has sufficient evidence to support that he would qualify for the exemption.’
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