‘Appalling message’: outrage over Novak Djokovic’s medical exemption to play Australian Open

Former AMA president says Djokovic shouldn’t be allowed into Australia, while fellow players express surprise at the decision

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The decision to grant Novak Djokovic an exemption from Covid-19 vaccination requirements to play in the Australian Open in Melbourne has been labelled “appalling”, with some players expressing surprise at the late decision.

On Tuesday night, the defending Australian Open champion posted on Instagram that he was coming to Melbourne to participate in the tennis tournament with an “exemption permission”.

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