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Novak Dokovic Allegedly Contracted Covid-19 In December

The Australian authorities want to deport the Serbian tennis player - because of a lack of vaccination certificates. According to his lawyers, he has recovered from a corona infection.

In the legal dispute over the threatened deportation of the Serbian tennis player Novak Dokovic from Australia, new details have become known. According to his lawyers, the world number one was infected with the corona virus in December.

A first positive PCR test was dated December 16, the court documents said. This is the reason for the granted exception to the corona vaccination certificate when entering Australia.

Photos of Dokovic from public appearances shortly after the positive test are now causing discussion. A Twitter entry by the 34-year-old showed him on December 17 at an event organized by the Serbian Post with another man. 

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The tennis player holds a postage stamp with his likeness in the camera, he does not wear a mask.

Dokovic landed in Melbourne after he said he had received a medical exemption from the organizers of the Australian Open for entry without a corona vaccination certificate. However, the Australian border guards did not acknowledge this. After he was detained at the airport for hours by Australian authorities, he was taken to a hotel for people obliged to leave the country. According to his lawyers, the tennis player was largely isolated for eight hours.

According to the Australian Border Guard, Dokovic's visa for the country has been canceled due to a lack of vaccination certificates. Now a court is dealing with the possible deportation, there should be a hearing on Monday. 

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Dokovic's lawyers criticized the actions of the authorities. You want to have the cancellation withdrawn. According to his lawyers, Dokovic has requested his transfer from the hotel so he can train for the Australian Open; so far in vain. These start on January 17th.

Tennis Association rejects allegations

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Dokovic had repeatedly expressed himself critical of corona vaccinations. He still does not make his vaccination status public. A vaccination is mandatory to participate in the Australian Open.

The Australian Tennis Association meanwhile denied rumors of misinformation to the players about the entry regulations. "We expressly deny that the group of players was knowingly misinformed," said Tennis Australia to The Herald Sun newspaper.

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Speculation had previously arisen that the national association had made a mistake.

He is said to have informed all participants of the Australian Open in an email that a corona infection in the past six months and the associated recovery status would justify a medical exemption. But this would contradict the strict Australian entry regulations.

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