Tennis player Novak Djokovic's participation in "Australia Open" causes anger among Australians
Renowned Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic will play in the "Australia Open" without being vaccinated. All players and staff on the tournament must be vaccinated or have an exemption granted by an independent panel of experts.
Organizers said the reigning champion had not been given special treatment.
Australians have reacted angrily to the news as the Serbian tennis player was initially exempted from vaccination rules.
They have criticized officials, politicians and Djokovic himself.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said at a news conference on Tuesday that the Victorian government had given him an exemption from coming to Australia, and so we then comply with that decision.
The tournament starts in Melbourne on January 17 and Djokovic said on Instagram on Tuesday: " I spent fantastic quality time with my loved ones during the holiday. Let's go to 2022. I'm ready to live and play tennis in the coming weeks of the race. ”.
He did not comment on his vaccination status, but said publicly last April: "I am personally against vaccination and I would not want to be forced by anyone to get vaccinated to be able to travel."