Australians have reacted with fury and confusion after tennis star Novak Djokovic revealed he had received a travel exemption to play in the Australian Open. Djokovic has consistently declined to reveal his vaccination status, and as a result looked unlikely to be allowed to play in the tournament. However, the Serbian star revealed on Instagram on Tuesday that he had received a medical exemption. The Australian Open and the Victorian government confirmed the exemption on Tuesday night, stating a review had been carried out to confirm Djokovic had “a genuine medical condition that meets the criteria for an exemption”. The decision was met with fury by Australians on social media.
“Novak Djokovic is the greatest tennis player ever. Forget Laver, Agassi, Federer, Sampras, Nadal, McEnroe, Connors and Borg for Novak has won 20 Grand Slams and 87 titles and a billion dollars without us knowing he had a debilitating medical problem,” Australian rules football great Kevin Bartlett wrote.