The men’s tennis number one has repeatedly refused to reveal his covid vaccine status in public and in doing so has become something on a poster-boy for anti-vaxxers around the world.
Australia has strict rules on travellers who haven’t had a vaccine, so until he revealed the shock news of his exemption on medical grounds, Djokovic was considered unlikely to defend his Australian Open title later this month.
Djokovic’s exemption sparked fury in Australia where locals claim it’s one rule for multi-millionaire sportsmen and another for citizens, many of whom have lost jobs over not being vaccinated in one of the planet’s most covid-cautious countries.
Amid calls for a boycott of the Australian Open, Aussie PM Scott Morrison today vowed that Djokovic would “be on the next plane home” if he couldn’t provide a legitimate reason for why he was granted the vaccine exemption.
The news comes as Boris Johnson last night insisted a UK-wide lockdown simply isn’t needed and says the country can “ride out the Omicron wave”.
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