The WTA released a statement on Renata Voracova, stating their belief is that all players should be vaccinated but added the Czech did nothing wrong in Australia. Voracova competed at the Melbourne Summer Set 2 last week, before she was taken into detention and ultimately deported from the country.
"The WTA is supportive and appreciative of all the efforts put forth by Craig Tiley and Tennis Australia to host the Summer of Tennis under conditions that continue to be challenging for all. The WTA believes that all players should be vaccinated and is in full support of the immigration policies that have been put in place as the protection of the Australian communities in which we compete is critical," the WTA said in a statement.
'Voracova followed the rules'
"That being said, the complications experienced over the past few days where athletes have followed the approved and authorized process of receiving a medical exemption for entry into the country are unfortunate.
Renata Voracova followed these rules and procedures, was cleared for entry upon her arrival, competed in an event and then suddenly had her visa cancelled when she had done nothing wrong," the WTA added. "We will continue to work with all authorities on addressing this unfortunate situation in an appropriate manner."
After being deported from Australian, Voracova said she would seek compensation from Tennis Australia. "The air ticket alone cost 60,000 Czech crowns (2,460 euros, $2,780) and my coach travelled with me. And then there is all that time, hotels, training for the Grand Slam, the potential prize money," Voracova told Denik daily, as quoted on RTL Today.
"I hope Tennis Australia will face up to it and that we won't have to take legal steps. "I'm not thinking about tennis. I'm still waking up from the shock, I haven't processed it yet. I'm exhausted."