Djokovic reportedly caught in visa bungle on landing in Melbourne

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Controversial tennis prima Novak Djokovic has arrived successful Melbourne amid evident issues with his visa to participate the state and a flurry of uncertainty implicit his aesculapian exemption to support his Australian Open title.

Just minutes earlier the satellite No.1 landed, Victoria's acting Sports Minister, Jaala Pulford, said the national authorities had asked the authorities authorities to enactment Djokovic's visa application.

"We volition not beryllium providing Novak Djokovic with idiosyncratic visa exertion enactment to enactment successful the 2022 Australian Open Grand Slam," she said, connected Twitter.

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"We've ever been wide connected 2 points: visa approvals are a substance for the Federal Government, and aesculapian exemptions are a substance for doctors."

The Age reports that Border Force contacted the Victorian authorities aft realising Djokovic's squad had submitted the incorrect benignant of visa.

Federal Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews connected Wednesday day stressed that the national authorities was liable for enforcing borderline requirements.

"If an arriving idiosyncratic is not vaccinated, they indispensable supply acceptable impervious that they cannot beryllium vaccinated for aesculapian reasons to beryllium capable to entree the aforesaid question statement arsenic afloat vaccinated travellers," she said, successful a statement.

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Djokovic granted Australian Open exemption

In astir 24 hours since Djokovic announced helium was connected his mode to Australia, Australian Open organisers person defended themselves from a furious section absorption and the Prime Minister has warned the prima would beryllium "on the adjacent level home" if his justifications didn't stack up.

Djokovic has not revealed his vaccination presumption but successful April past twelvemonth said helium was "opposed to vaccination".

"I wouldn't privation to beryllium forced by idiosyncratic to instrumentality a vaccine successful bid to beryllium capable to travel," helium said, successful a unrecorded Facebook chat.

Tennis Australia said the exemption was granted pursuing a "rigorous reappraisal process involving 2 abstracted autarkic panels of aesculapian experts".

Serbia's Novak Djokovic wears a look disguise arsenic helium listens to the nationalist anthems anterior to a Davis Cup radical F lucifer betwixt Serbia and Austria successful Innsbruck, Austria, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. (Photo/Michael Probst) (AP)

Tennis Australia and the Victorian Government attempted to calm nationalist choler and confusion, insisting Djokovic had not been afforded immoderate peculiar treatment.

Australian Open tourney manager Craig Tiley said astatine a property league this greeting Djokovic was 1 of 26 applicants who applied for a aesculapian exemption and 1 of a fistful granted.

"The process has been precise wide and we wholly recognize and empathise with archetypal of each immoderate radical being upset astir the information that Novak has travel successful due to the fact that of his statements successful the past astir vaccination," helium said.

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