Tennis star Novak Djokovic has caused outrage among fans and players after he received an exemption for the Australian Open despite the lack of a vaccination.
The Serb is now expected to face heavy fan criticism if he hits the Melbourne hard court.
Victoria, the state where the major is being held, has previously gone through six brutal bans and many residents are unsatisfied with the decision to give him an exemption.
According to the Australian Open rules, all participants must be fully vaccinated or apply for a medical exemption and ensure they can enter Victoria without a 14-day quarantine.
Last year’s Open winner Djokovic has spoken out against the vaccine in the past.
“Personally, I am against vaccinations and I don’t want to be forced to vaccinate in order to travel,” he admitted.
“I know some people who have managed, through energetic transformation, through the power of prayer, through the power of gratitude, to transform the most poisonous food or perhaps the most polluted water into the most healing water.”
“Scientists have shown in (an) experiment that molecules in water react to our emotions when we say something.”
It is worth noting that this is not true.
Why is Novak Djokovic medically exempt?
Following the announcement of Djokovic’s medical exception, Australian Open officials tried to calm the situation down by explaining their decision.
Two panels of experts reviewed the evidence for a passport, with the application finalized by the government-appointed Independent Medical Exemption Examination Board.
Under state law, private information about Djokovic’s reason for granting an exception remains private.
This has led many to question the validity of his claim in conjunction with his previous comments on vaccination refusal.
Over 90 percent of the Australian population over 16 are fully vaccinated. However, some residents cannot travel across state borders or see their loved ones due to the ongoing measures.
This contrast between the public and unvaccinated players flying into the country has poisoned Australia’s relationship with Djokovic.