Czech tennis player who was expelled from Australia after her visa was canceled due to her COVID-19 vaccination status, expressed frustration over Novak Djokovic’s victory on the pitch to stay in Australia .
Doubles player Renata Voracova was granted medical exemption from Tennis Australia to compete in the Australian Open after recovering from the virus late last year as the men’s world No.1.
The 38-year-old was held in the same deportation center as Djokovic before flying out of Melbourne over the weekend.
She said she was burned for six hours by border officials with limited legal assistance.
“I feel good for him, that he won [in] the court, ”Voracova said of Djokovic on BBC Radio 5 Live. “[But] I feel a little frustrated for myself, that the lawyers and my advisers who were there with me did not apply to the court as well, but I also understand because Novak hired his lawyers so he had to pay for it too . I think this was the main problem why I couldn’t go [to] court and ask for the same.
The doubles specialist said it was “really tough”.
“They just came to my hotel,” Voracova said. “First they told me when they came to my room they wanted[ed] just some explanation of my exemption, that it would take about an hour. “
But he was then told that his exemption was not a valid reason to enter Australia.
Meanwhile, Portuguese player Joao Sousa, who faces Australian Marc Polmans in Australian Open qualifying this afternoon, also expressed his displeasure with the saga.
“I respect that he fights for what he believes in and I can empathize with what he’s going through in Australia, but it’s a little selfish of him to come here as the only non-player. vaccinated. It’s difficult for us players to accept that. “