The Czech Foreign Ministry said today that the entry visa of Czech player Renata Vorkova has been revoked and that she was “stuck” in the same detention with Serbian star Novak Djokovic before the start of the Australian Open. The first of four Grand Slams to cause widespread controversy in the light of strict procedures.
“Renata Vorkova is in the same detention center with Djokovic as many other tennis players in Melbourne,” the ministry said in an email to AFP. The ministry said it was opposed to the detention, but the 38-year-old, who is ranked 81st in the world in the doubles category, admitted that he left the country “because of his limited training opportunities” and did not participate in the Australian Open.
According to the Czech daily “Sport”, the doubles player was recently exempted from recovering from the corona virus.
The player, who arrived in Australia in December, lost in the doubles division to Poland’s Katarzyna Peter in a match in Melbourne this week.
Djokovic, who opposed the compulsory vaccination, entered Australia this week after being granted a medical exemption from the country’s most stringent restrictions imposed due to the epidemic. But upon arriving at the airport in Melbourne he was surprised at the cancellation of his visa and is awaiting a court decision on whether he will continue his current stay, which is expected to be granted on Monday.
Djokovic is looking for record titles (21) in the “Grand Slam” tournament when the Australian Open starts on the 17th of this month.
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