Voracova leaves Australia after visa drama

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

Czech tennis player Renata Voracova has now left Australia after complications over her visa that saw her caught up in the controversy which has engulfed world No.1 Novak Djokovic.

Voracova joined Djokovic at the same immigration detention hotel in Melbourne on Thursday amid the dramas over the country's handling of COVID-19 vaccine exemptions.

Unlike Djokovic, she had already been allowed into the country and had played in a match before her visa was cancelled.

Yet while Djokovic continues a legal challenge against his visa cancellation, 38-year-old doubles specialist Voracova has opted to leave, the Czech Foreign Ministry reported on Saturday.

She told the Czech news site idnes.cz that she would not appeal because she wouldn't have time to train properly before the Australian Open, which begins on January 17.

"(Renata) Voracova left Australia on Saturday based on her own decision to end her participation in the tournament due to complications with her visas," the Ministry said.

"The decision was not based on her expulsion from the country."

The ministry said it was waiting for a response from Australian authorities to a diplomatic note that it had sent on Friday.

Voracova was not vaccinated but she had planned to do so at around the time she became ill with COVID-19 before Christmas, she told the website.

It was understood that Voracova, the world No.81 doubles player, left on a flight to Dubai.

Meawhile, Djokovic has said in his legal challenge to being refused entry to Australia that he had been given medical exemption from vaccination because he had contracted COVID-19 last month.

Australia's government has released a letter showing it wrote to Tennis Australia, the local organising body, in November saying that prior infection with COVID-19 was not necessarily grounds for exemption.

With Reuters

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