Mark Woodforde: TA shouldn't have told Novak Djokovic he met rules for exemption

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Mark Woodforde: TA shouldn't have told Novak Djokovic he met rules for exemption

Australian doubles legend Mark Woodforde reportedly said on BBC Radio 5 that Tennis Australia should not have told Novak Djokovic that he met the rules for the medical exemption. Djokovic refused to get vaccinated before the season started but flew to Australia after being granted a medical exemption.

Djokovic tested positive for COVID-19 on December 16 and used his recent positive test to apply for a medical exemption. Woodforde stated that the medical exemptions "were meant for people who couldn't get vaccinated because they’d had COVID-19 recently and ot for those who got COVID-19 but never intended to get vaccinated."

Djokovic out of the Australian Open

On Friday, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke exercised his power to cancel the visa of Djokovic.

Djokovic appealed the decision but lost his Australia visa case in the federal court on Sunday. "I would like to make a brief statement to address the outcome's of today's Court hearing, I will now be taking some time to rest and recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this," Djokovic said in a statement.

"I'm extremely disappointed with the Court ruling to discuss my application for judicial review of the Minister's decision to cancel my visa, which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open.

"I respect the Court's ruling and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country. "I'm uncomfortable that the focus of the past weeks has been on me and I hope that we can all now focus on the game and tournament I love, I would like to wish the players, tournament officials, staff, volunteers and fans all the best for the tournament.

"Finally, I would like to thank my family, friends, team, supporters, fans and my fellow Serbians for your continued support. You have all been a great source of strength for me."