Novak Djokovic supporters rallying in Melbourne on Saturday.


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Novak Djokovic’s

application for a health care exemption from Australia’s vaccination regulations hinged on his infection with, and recovery from, Covid-19 in December.

Files filed on Saturday to Australia’s Federal Courtroom confirmed Djokovic examined positive for Covid-19 on Dec. sixteen. The court will hear his appeal in opposition to the cancellation of his visa and deportation from Australia for violating a necessity that arrivals in the state be vaccinated in opposition to the coronavirus.

The federal governing administration this week stated that in November it experienced recommended Tennis Australia—organizer of the Australian Open up, which Djokovic is aiming to earn for a tenth time—that recovery from Covid-19 does not represent grounds for a health care exemption.

Djokovic experienced been given an exemption from Tennis Australia and permission from Australia’s federal governing administration to enter despite being unvaccinated, the paperwork stated.

“Mr. Djokovic comprehended that he was entitled to enter Australia and Victoria [condition] and to contend in the Australian Tennis Open up,” the paperwork said.

Djokovic landed in Australia on Wednesday night time. Until eventually a choose regulations on his eligibility to continue to be in the state, he is being held in a suburban Melbourne hotel that residences asylum seekers and refugees. The Australian Open up is due to begin on Jan. 17.

The paperwork also allege that officers pressured him to settle for a final decision on his visa cancellation with out providing him the chance to thoroughly check with his authorized associates.

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