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Who is Novak Djokovic?

Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player. He is currently ranked number one in the world by the Association of Tennis Professionals. Djokovic has been No. 1 for a record 354 weeks, and has finished as the ATP year-end No. 1 a record seven times. Wikipedia

Novak Djokovic Age

He is Born: May 22, 1987 (age 34), Belgrade, Serbia

Novak Djokovic Family

Spouse: Jelena Đoković (d. 2014)
Children: Tara Đoković, Stefan Đoković

Media identity Lisa Wilkinson has unleashed on tennis superstar Novak Djokovic

Media identity Lisa Wilkinson has unleashed on tennis superstar Novak Djokovic, just hours before he was stranded overnight in a police-guarded room at Melbourne Airport amid visa confusion that could derail his hopes of defending his Australian Open title.

“I think everyone knows someone who was really suffered from Covid, if not many, many, many people,” Wilkinson said Wednesday.

‘We know people who have lost loved ones, who weren’t there to stay goodbye to them.

And in the end, people are sick of superstars getting special treatment. And that’s the category this has fallen into.

The entry of the world’s number one tennis player Novak Djokovic to Australia has been delayed due to a problem with his visa.

The player arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday, where authorities noted that hs team had made a mistake in his application.

Djokovic will play in the Australian Open, after being exempted from vaccination rules.

But his team had not applied for a visa that allows medical exemptions for not being vaccinated.

All tournament players and staff must be vaccinated or have a waiver granted by an independent panel of experts.

The country’s border force had asked the Victoria state government for clarification on his visa application, reports the Melbourne-based newspaper Age.

Government minister Jaala Pulford tweeted

But state government minister Jaala Pulford tweeted that her request would not be supported. Visa approvals were a matter for the federal government, she added.

The player was reportedly questioned in an airport room. His current whereabouts and his visa status remain unclear.

Meanwhile, Djokovic’s coach and fellow Grand Slam champion Goran Ivanisevic posted a photo of himself on Instagram from a room in Melbourne, along with the caption: “Not the most common trip to Australia.”

“The federal government has asked if we will support Novak Djokovic’s visa application to enter Australia,” Pulford said. “We will not provide Novak Djokovic with individual visa application assistance to participate in the Grand Slam [tournament] of the Australian Open 2022. We have always been clear on two points: visa approvals are a matter for the federal government and medical exemptions they are a matter for the doctors. ”

Djokovic announced on Tuesday that he would fly to Australia after receiving a “waiver permit”, rather than get vaccinated against Covid, immediately sparking a backlash from the Australian public and politicians.

When the nine-time Australian Open champion embarked on his trip to Melbourne, criticism of him hardened. Karen Andrews, the federal home affairs minister, issued a statement suggesting that the federal government could revoke Djokovic’s exemption unless it provides “acceptable proof” of the reasons for his medical exemption at the border.

Earlier, Australia’s prime minister said

Earlier, Australia’s prime minister said that Djokovic would be denied entry into the country unless he presented evidence that he could not be vaccinated for medical reasons.

Scott Morrison said the tennis player “could be on the next plane home” if the evidence was insufficient.

Tournament organizers say the defending champion has received no special treatment, but the decision has infuriated many Australians. The country is seeing tens of thousands of Covid-19 cases for the first time after enduring some of the most stringent restrictions in the world.

Amid the controversy, Morrison said the Serbian player will need to provide proof upon arrival that he has a genuine medical exemption from vaccination. The Australian Open begins on January 17 in Melbourne.

Over 90% of the Australian population over the age of 16 is fully vaccinated, but some people are still unable to travel between states or around the world due to current measures.

Many Australians had previously accused the government of allowing the rich and famous to do whatever they wanted while ordinary people were separated from their sick and dying loved ones.

“I think it’s a shame,” Melbourne resident Christine Wharton told ABC. “We all did the right thing, we all went out and got our jabs and our boosters and we have someone who has come from overseas and all of a sudden has been exempt and can play.”

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