Novak Djokovic confirms he’s unvaccinated against Covid-19 after judge orders immediate release from detention

Novak Djokovic has won his appeal (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic has confirmed for the first time that he is unvaccinated against Covid-19 after winning his challenge against the Australian government for revoking his visa entry.

The Serbian was denied entry to Australia last week, having first been handed an ‘exemption’ to compete in the Australian Open this month.

Djokovic flew into Melbourne on the understanding that he would be provided entry to the country on account of testing positive for Covid-19 recently, which Tennis Australia said was grounds for making him exempt from the provision that all players must be vaccinated against coronavirus.

However, upon arrival in Australia Djokovic was detained by border forces and after being withheld overnight, he was informed that his visa was being withdrawn.

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic stands at a booth of the Australian Border Force at the airport in Melbourne, Australia, January 5, 2022. Picture taken January 5, 2022, in this photograph obtained January 6, 2022. via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. pics, puff - showbiz - 10376881 Anti-vaxxers boycotting the Australian Open
Djokovic at border control in Melbourne (Credits: via REUTERS)

Djokovic’s lawyers argued the Serbian was not given enough time to respond to the decision and that he had fully complied with the requests of Tennis Australia.

Much has been made of the Serbian’s supposed anti-vaccination status and Djokovic’s comments since the start of the pandemic certainly indicated that the 34-year-old was against receiving the vaccine.

But the Serbian’s official stance on the matter had remained private until now, with Djokovic being forced in court to reveal that he is unvaccinated.

INTERVIEWER: Thank you. Now question regarding your vaccination, are you
DJOKOVIC: I am not vaccinated.
INTERVIEWER: for COVID-19? Not vaccinated?
DJOKOVIC: I am not vaccinated.
INTERVIEWER: Thank you. Have you ever had COVID?
INTERVIEWER: So when did you?
DJOKOVIC: I had COVID twice, I had COVID in June 2020 and I had COVID
recently in – I was tested positive – PCR –16th of December 2021.

In the transcript, Djokovic confirms he’s unvaccinated and claims that he’s had Covid-19 twice in the past – most recently less than a month ago.

This claim is central to Djokovic’s argument, as his lawyers claim any player that’s had Covid-19 in the last six months could be given exemption by Tennis Australia to compete in the tournament.

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