Australian tennis boss boasts of ‘unbelievable’ job on Djokovic drama

This file photo taken on February 1, 2015 shows Serbias Novak Djokovic (L) holding the Norman Brookes Trophy as he poses with tournament director Craig Tiley after his victory in the mens singles final against Britains Andy Murray on day 14 of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. — AFP/File
This file picture taken on February 1, 2015 exhibits Serbia’s Novak Djokovic (L) holding the Norman Brookes Trophy as he poses with event director Craig Tiley after his victory within the males’s singles closing towards Britain’s Andy Murray on day 14 of the 2015 Australian Open tennis event in Melbourne. — AFP/File

MELBOURNE: Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley boasted of his staff’s “unbelievable job” after the visa disaster engulfing Novak Djokovic, in a video leaked to the Sunday Herald Sun newspaper on Saturday.

Addressing the digital camera within the inside video, which was revealed on-line by the paper, Tiley mentioned: “There is a lot finger pointing going on and a lot of blaming going on but I can assure you our team has done an unbelievable job.”

Australia’s prime tennis physique, organiser of this month’s Australian Open, has been accused of deceptive gamers over the COVID-19 vaccine necessities for getting into the nation.

In a memo to gamers, revealed by a number of Australian media retailers, it suggested {that a} current COVID-19 an infection could enable gamers an exemption from being totally vaccinated towards the virus.

Australia’s authorities mentioned that recommendation was solely legitimate for Australian residents, not for international nationals attempting to enter the nation.

It added that the well being minister warned Tennis Australia of this in November.

Border brokers tore up males’s tennis world primary Djokovic’s entry visa for failing to fulfill the nation’s COVID-19 vaccine necessities when he landed in Melbourne on Wednesday.

He is now in an immigration detention centre, looking for to overturn the choice on enchantment.

A second potential Australian Open participant — Czech doubles specialist Renata Voracova — had her visa cancelled after initially being allowed into the nation, her authorities has confirmed.

She was additionally positioned within the Melbourne detention facility.

“Unfortunately over the last couple of days, there’s been a circumstance that relates to a couple of players, Novak particularly,” Tiley mentioned within the leaked video.

“We empathise with the situation we currently have and are working closely with Novak and his team, and others and their team, that are in this situation,” he added.

The Tennis Australia chief mentioned the organisation had chosen to not handle the problem in public due to Djokovic’s lawsuit.

But Tiley mentioned his staff had executed “everything they possibly could according to all the instructions that they have been provided”.


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