Kim Clijsters reacts to Novak Djokovic being granted medical exemption for AO



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Kim Clijsters reacts to Novak Djokovic being granted medical exemption for AO

Former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters wonders whether Novak Djokovic and other players who were granted a medical exemption will have to undergo testing every day and be in separate locker rooms. On Tuesday, Djokovic announced he received a medical exemption to play the Australian Open.

"Djokovic demanding and getting special treatment to excuse him being unvaxxed doesn’t really mesh with his desire to be the creator and leader of a union that protects all the players," a Twitter user Young Daddy tweeted.

Clijsters responded to the tweet: "I wonder if the none vaccinated players will have to undergo testing every day, will be in separate locker-rooms, separate eating area." Djokovic was the first player to publicly come out and reveal he applied for a medical exemption.

"Apparently 26 players asked for an exemption, a handful of players got the exemption granted. Not just Novak, I guess Novak is the only one who has been honest about it so far," Clijsters added.

Djokovic announced the news on Instagram

"Happy New Year, everybody!

Wishing you all health, love, and happiness in every present moment and may you feel love & respect towards all beings on this wonderful planet," Djokovic said in an Instagram post. "I’ve spent fantastic quality time with my loved ones over the break and today I’m heading Down Under with an exemption permission.

Let’s go 2022!" Shortly after Djokovic broke the news, Tennis Australia released a statement confirming that the Serb was indeed granted a wildcard. “One of those was the Independent Medical Exemption Review Panel appointed by the Victorian Department of Health,” Tennis Australia said in a statement.

“They assessed all applications to see if they met the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) guidelines”. Djokovic is a record nine-time Australian Open champion and he will be aiming to win a record 21st Grand Slam title this January.