Djokovic given ‘an absolute bum steer’ by Tennis Australia
Sky News host Chris Smith says Novak Djokovic was given “an absolute bum steer” by Tennis Australia after being told he could apply for an exemption and play in the Australian Open without being vaccinated.
It comes as the federal government cancelled Mr Djokovic's visa this morning because he failed to meet the requirements to enter the country.
His lawyers have launched a court challenge and won a three-day reprieve for him to remain in the country - with the federal court set to meet again on Monday.
“All of this could have been averted back in mid-November when the federal department of health … wrote to Tennis Australia, stating ‘people who have had previously had COVID-19 and not received a vaccine dose are not considered fully vaccinated’,” Mr Smith said.
“It’s more an embarrassment and a stuff up by … Tennis Australia than anything poorly executed by Djokovic or any member of his team.”