World No 1 Novak Djokovic will play within the Covid-impacted Australian Open to defend his title, after being granted Covid exemption.
The nine-time champion posted an image of himself at an airport on Tuesday morning, January 4, declaring that he has gained a medical exemption from being vaccinated in opposition to Covid and can make the lengthy journey south.
‘I’ve spent implausible high quality time with my family members over the break and right now I’m heading Down Under with an exemption permission. Let’s go 2022 !! ‘ he mentioned on Instagram.
According to Mail Online, Australian Open organisers say the medical exemption was granted by way of a ‘rigorous assessment course of’ that went through the nation’s Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) tips.
The course of for getting an exemption is run independently of Tennis Australia and entails two separate medical panels from authorities well being authorities. The tips for getting an exemption require an ‘acute main medical situation’ within the particular person.
The authorities well being authorities are additionally mentioned to take a look at functions with out figuring out who has submitted them.
There can be a small variety of different gamers who’ve efficiently utilized for permissions who’re already in Australia.
In December, Tennis Australia unveiled its Covid-19 vaccination protocols for this 12 months’s event, together with the method for stars in search of medical exemptions.
If an exemption is taken into account legitimate, the medical exemption might be submitted to the Australian Immunisation Register and the id of the participant in search of an exemption is not going to be identified. However, Djokovic has waived his anonymity on this case.
Djokovic might be joined within the Melbourne event by Grand Slam title rival Rafael Nadal, who touched down in Australia lately and is degree with the Serbian on 20 main event wins.