Czech doubles specialist Voracova joins Djokovic in detention amid vaccine row | Australian Open 2022

A second Australian Open participant has been positioned into detention in a sweep by authorities on those that entered the nation beneath the identical vaccination exemption as the lads’s world No 1 Novak Djokovic.

The Czech Republic overseas ministry confirmed that doubles specialist Renata Voracova, who had performed in Melbourne earlier this week, has been requested to depart Australia after being detained by Border Pressure officers. They implied that different gamers had additionally been detained in the identical Carlton lodge as Voracova and Djokovic however no particulars have emerged to corroborate this.

“We are able to affirm 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 via our embassy in Canberra a protest word and are asking for a proof of the state of affairs. Nonetheless, Renata Voracova determined to drop out of the event attributable to restricted prospects for coaching and to depart Australia.”


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

Earlier on Thursday, the Australia dwelling affairs Minister Karen Andrews had stated authorities have been reassessing the doorway paperwork of two folks following the drama involving Djokovic.

Renata Voracova
The Czech Republic’s Renata Voracova had performed a warm-up event in Melbourne this week after being allowed into Australia. {Photograph}: Reuters Workers/Reuters

In one other growth, the Herald Sun printed an info sheet despatched from Tennis Australia to gamers on 7 December that exhibits it handed on recommendation relating to grounds for medical exemptions that differs from the suggestions it acquired from federal authorities.

The doc advises a Covid-19 an infection in the final six months may very well be thought-about grounds that will allow an unvaccinated participant to enter the nation, supplied it was accompanied by paperwork certifying the an infection. It states on the backside that the knowledge was right as of 6 December.

Tennis Australia seem to have inquiries to reply because the sheet contradicts the recommendation the Federal Authorities despatched to TA in November, through a letter from the well being minister Greg Hunt dated 29 November, stressing {that a} prior an infection in the previous 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 because the Australian Open event director, Craig Tiley, defended the exemption granted to Djokovic on Wednesday because the Serbian was on his solution to Australia.

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