Australia cancels Czech tennis participant Voracova’s visa

FILE–Renata Voracova of Czech Republic.J

FILE–Renata Voracova of Czech Republic.Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports activities

MELBOURNE—A second Australian Open participant has been positioned into detention in a sweep by authorities on those that entered the nation below the identical vaccination exemption as Novak Djokovic, Czech authorities and ABC reported on Friday.

Czech Republic doubles specialist Renata Voracova had performed in Melbourne earlier this week however has been requested to go away Australia after being detained by Border Power officers. It was unclear if she supposed to problem the choice, ABC reported, citing a supply accustomed to the matter.

“We are able to verify that Czech tennis participant Renata Voracova is in the identical detention as Djokovic, along with a number of different gamers,” the Czech International Ministry stated in an announcement.

“We submitted by our embassy in Canberra a protest word and are asking for an evidence of the state of affairs. Nonetheless, Renata Voracova determined to drop out of the event because of restricted potentialities for coaching and to go away Australia.”

The 38-year-old made her grand slam debut in doubles in 2002 in New York however has gained just one match in 12 appearances on the highest stage and is presently ranked 81.

She is presently being held on the Park Lodge in Carlton, the identical lodge the place Djokovic is being detained.

Dwelling Affairs Minister Karen Andrews stated on Thursday authorities had been reassessing the doorway paperwork of two individuals following the drama involving Djokovic.

In one other growth, the Herald Solar revealed an data sheet despatched from Tennis Australia to gamers on Dec. 7 that reveals it handed on recommendation concerning grounds for medical exemptions that differs from the suggestions it obtained from federal authorities.

The doc advises a COVID-19 an infection within the final six months may very well be thought-about grounds that might allow an unvaccinated participant to enter the nation, supplied it was accompanied by paperwork certifying the an infection.

It contradicts recommendation the Federal Authorities despatched to TA in November stressing {that a} prior an infection previously six months didn’t meet the necessities for quarantine-free entry.

The Victorian Authorities stated on Friday that TA didn’t advise them of this growth.

TA has not commented publicly since Australian Open event director Craig Tiley defended the exemption granted to Djokovic on Wednesday because the Serbian was on his strategy to Australia.

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