Brisbane Australia (Associated Press) — Novak Djokovic Will have a chance to defend his After receiving a medical exemption to Melbourne, the Australian Open champion ended months of uncertainty his Participated because the competition has strict COVID-19 vaccination requirements.
DjokovicIs seeking a record 21st Grand Slam singles title, but has always refused to say whether he Was vaccinated against coronavirus. The Victorian government stipulates that all players, staff and fans participating in the Australian Open must be fully vaccinated unless there is a real reason to grant an exemption.
Australia Open The organizers issued a statement later on Tuesday to confirm Djokovic Will be allowed to participate in the competition, which will start on January 17 and will be his Lead to Australia. he Earlier he withdrew from the Serbian team to participate in the ATP Cup that started in Sydney last weekend.
“Djokovic Apply for a medical exemption, the exemption is obtained after a rigorous review process involving two independent independent medical expert panels,” the statement said. “One of them is an independent medical exemption review panel appointed by the Victorian Department of Health. They evaluated all applications to see if they meet the guidelines of the Australian Immunology Technical Advisory Group. “
Australia Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said: “A fair and independent agreement has been established for the evaluation of medical exemption applications, which will allow us to ensure that the 2022 Australian Open is safe and enjoyable for everyone .”
“The core of this process is that the decision is made by an independent medical expert, and each applicant is given due consideration,” Tilly said.
Victoria’s Lieutenant Governor James Melino said last month that medical immunity is “not a loophole for privileged tennis players”.
Melino said at the press conference: “If you have an acute illness, this is a medical exemption under special circumstances.”
The decision announced on Tuesday will be widely debated in the city, which experienced months of strict lockdown and severe travel restrictions during the peak of the pandemic.
The response on social media quickly turned to questions about the reasons for Djokovic’s exemption and the isolation conditions he must meet when he arrives. Australia.
Last year, all foreign players had to be quarantined in hotels for two weeks before the Australian Open, which delayed the first Grand Slam this year from the usual mid-January. There is also a strict upper limit on the number of people, and with the surge of coronavirus cases, fans are banned from entering Melbourne Park.
Djokovic Since the Davis Cup final in early December, he has not participated in tour-level competitions and has been practicing in Spain recently. his Post on social media announced his Plan to go Australia Attach a photo Djokovic Leaning on the tennis bag at the airport.
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