ATP issues statement on Novak Djokovic’s entry into Australia

The ATP issued a statement on Novak Djokovic’s entry into Australia as the ATP said the Djokovic situation shows there needs to be a “clearer, understanding, communication and application to the rules.”

After being granted a medical exemption for the Australia, Djokovic flew to Australia but his visa was cancelled at the airport. 

Djokovic then spent the next few days in an immigration hotel, before the judge decided to reinstate his visa.  

“The ATP fully respects the sacrifices the people of Australia have made since the onset of COVID-19 and the stringent immigration policies that have been put in place. Complications in recent days related to player entry into Australia have however highlighted the need for clearer understanding, communication and application of the rules,” the ATP’s statement read.

ATP recommends Djokovic to take the vaccine

The ATP acknowledged the recent events have probably taken a toll on Djokovic’s well-being and added they continue to “strongly recommend” vaccination to their players. 

“In travelling to Melbourne, it’s clear Novak Djokovic believed he had been granted a necessary medical exemption in order to comply with entry regulations. The series of events leading to Monday’s court hearing have been damaging on all fronts, including for Novak’s well-being and preparation for the Australian Open. Player medical exemption requests are made independently of ATP, however we have been in constant contact with Tennis Australia to seek clarity throughout this process. We welcome the outcome of Monday’s hearing and look forward to an exciting few weeks of tennis ahead,” the ATP’s statement continued. 

“More broadly, ATP continues to strongly recommend vaccination for all players on the ATP Tour, which we believe is essential for our sport to navigate the pandemic. This is based on scientific evidence supporting the health benefits provided and to comply with global travel regulations, which we anticipate will become stricter over time. We are encouraged that 97 per cent of the Top 100 players are vaccinated leading into this year’s Australian Open.”

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