Czech player loses visa, joins Djokovic

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  • Novak Djokovic
    Novak Djokovic
    Serbian tennis player
  • Renata Voracova
    Czech female tennis player

The Czech Foreign Ministry wants answers after the Australian Border Force (ABF) cancelled the visa of Czech player Renata Voracova and placed her in the same immigration hotel as Novak Djokovic.

The 38-year-old doubles specialist had already participated in an Australian Open warm-up event in Melbourne this week before she was detained on Thursday and taken to the Park Hotel, the ABC reported.

It's understood Voracova entered Australia last month with a vaccine exemption on the basis she had been infected with COVID-19 in the last six months, like Djokovic.

The Czech Foreign Ministry has ordered a 'please explain' from Australian officials, but confirmed Voracova would return home and not challenge the decision.

"We can confirm that Czech tennis player Renata Voracova is in the same detention as Djokovic, together with several other players," the Czech Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"We submitted through our embassy in Canberra a protest note and are asking for an explanation of the situation.

"However, Renata Voracova decided to drop out of the tournament due to limited possibilities for training and to leave Australia."

Serbia's world No.1 Djokovic will spend a third night in a quarantine hotel awaiting the outcome of an appeal against the decision by the ABF to cancel the reigning Australian Open champion's entry visa and deport him.

Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said on Thursday authorities were reassessing the entrance documents of two people following the drama involving Djokovic.

TA has not commented publicly since Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley defended the exemption granted to Djokovic on Wednesday as the Serbian was on his way to Australia.

With Reuters

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