World tennis number one Novak Djokovic contracted COVID-19 last month but had no symptoms and had obtained written permission from the Australian Department of Immigration before traveling to the country with medical exemption from his vaccination rules, his lawyers said in a court file on Saturday.
Djokovic, who is in immigration detention in Australia after having his visa canceled on arrival Thursday, returned his first positive coronavirus test on December 16, 2021, but 14 days later “had not had a fever or symptoms respiratory tract from COVID-19 in the last 72 hours, ”the file said.
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On January 1, the Serbian sports star received “a document from the Home Office (which) told Mr Djokovic that his” answers indicated (d) that he (he met) the requirements for an arrival without quarantine in Australia, ”the documents add.
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Djokovic, a vocal critic of compulsory vaccination, has never disclosed his own vaccination status. He is challenging the cancellation of his visa in Australian federal court in hopes of winning his 21st Grand Slam at the Australian Open which begins on January 17.
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