The other 'Djokovic cases' that were left out of the Australian Open

Novak Djokovic He landed in Melbourne on January 5 with the aim of seeking his tenth title at the Australian Open. Not being vaccinated, the Serbian requested a medical exemption that would allow him to play the tournament. Ten days later and just hours before the start of the first Grand Slam, Djokovic does not have everything he can do to jump onto the court while waiting for the trial this Sunday to decide whether he should be deported. For other tennis players in a similar situation, there were not so many considerations and they were left out without any possibility of playing the tournament in Melbourne.

The case Novak Djokovic It’s the topic everyone is talking about in Melbourne. Will the number one in the ATP be at the Australian Open? At the moment, his name appears in the final draw of the tournament while waiting for the final judgment to be held in which it is decided whether the Serbian has to be deported or can continue in Australia and thus participate in the first Grand Slam of the season. . Other tennis players, on the other hand, did not experience so much suspense, they were directly rejected and saw their chances of playing the Australian Open vanish.

This is the case of the young Indian tennis player Aman Dahiya, 17 years old. Months ago, the player received the invitation of the Australian Open itself to play the tournament, however, he was finally denied participation in it due to not being vaccinated. His situation does not respond to Dahiya’s personal decision not to get vaccinated, as Djokovic has done, but rather that in his country, at that time, vaccination of minors was not allowed, so it was impossible for him to receive the dose.

His coach publicly denounced the difference in treatment that was being done with Novak Djokovic and with his player. “Clearly they told us by email that we can’t go, and the other person – alluding to the Serb – can, I think, because they will receive money from the media, as well as from the broadcasting rights and many other places. Djokovic will raise money at the Australian Open and we won’t.” He even acknowledged that they valued traveling to other countries where Dahiya could receive the vaccine.

Vaccinated… but out of the Australian Open

Striking is also the case of Natalia Vikhlyantseva, 24-year-old Russian tennis player and WTA number 194, who was directly rejected from the start. The player is vaccinated, but with the doses of Sputnik, a vaccine that is not recognized in Australia, so she has not been able to enter the country and thus misses the first important appointment of the year.

“Unfortunately, I will not be participating in the Australian Open this year. I am very happy with the level of tennis that I showed in the last tournaments and I wish to play in Australia, but Sputnik is not verified yet,” said Vikhlyantseva herself.

In a situation similar to that of Djokovic, was the tennis player Renata Voracova, 38 years old. Like the Serbian, the Czech is not vaccinated, in her case for “health reasons”, although she assures that she wants to be vaccinated later. She too received a medical exemption and was able to enter the country, including taking to the court to play in a Gippsland Trophy doubles match. However, she received the order to be deported, after passing through the same hotel in which Novak Djokovic had stayed.

“I am happy for him, that his trial went well, but I feel frustrated in my case, because my lawyers and advisors who were there did not ask for a trial. I get it too, Novak paid his lawyers for that. I think that’s the key why I couldn’t go to trial and he could,” he declared after the Serb received the reason in the first trial to which he was subjected last Monday, January 10.

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