Novak Djokovic’s lawyer said in a court filing on Saturday That the tennis star received a medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine and can play at the Australian Open after he tested positive for the virus in December.
Running news: The court filing comes as Djokovic quarantines at a Melbourne hotel after being denied entry to Australia. border officer said That he revoked Djokovic’s visa because he failed to provide “reasonable evidence” for a medical exemption from the vaccine requirement.
Djokovic’s lawyers said That he received a medical exemption on 30 December from Tennis Australia’s chief medical officer “on the grounds that he had recently recovered from COVID,” according to a court document published by the Federal Circuit of Australia.
- Lawyers argued that Djokovic, who tested positive for the virus on 16 December, believed the exemption conditions were aligned with recommendations from Australia’s vaccination advisory body.
- “Mr Djokovic understood that he was entitled to enter Australia and Victoria and compete at the Australian Tennis Open.”
- Djokovic is to hear on Monday the appeal of the government’s decision to overturn the verdict.
- Djokovic, who said in June 2020 that he had tested positive for COVID-19, had not previously disclosed his December positive test result, According to the New York Times.
What are they saying: Lawyers argued that Australian authorities ,Fundamentally and fundamentally” the erroneous guidance of Australia’s vaccination advisory body regarding whether an infection within the past six months should be exempt from the vaccination requirement.
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