To defend his Australian Open title, Djokovic put a lot of focus on getting the medical exemption he needed to fly into Melbourne, but may not have paid enough attention to his visa. The medical exemption he received allowed the top-ranked tennis player to enter the tournament regardless of vaccine status for COVID-19. Djokovic has declined to clarify his vaccination status even after months of speculation that he could miss the season-opening major.
However, the medical exemption was not the only thing the tennis star needed to enter the tournament. Melbourne’s The Age is a newspaper that reported when Djokovic arrived on Wednesday and that his entry was delayed because of a mistake with his visa application. He was reported to still be waiting two hours after his initial arrival.
Djokovic’s entry into the tournament sparked some debate on Wednesday over what grounds the tennis star could have for the exemption. The Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said it was a “completely legitimate application and process” defending that there was no special treatment for the nine-time Australian Open champion.
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