Renata Voracova’s Australian visa reinstated after Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open expulsion saga
As part of the decision, Redfern said Voracova was not opposed to vaccination and that it distinguished her situation from that of Djokovic.
“At the time of my oral decision, I was not satisfied that the presence of Ms Voracova would or could be likely to have an impact on the health of the Australian community or any segment of the Australian community,” said Redfern.
“So I was not satisfied that the ground for cancellation was established.
“I also note, for completeness, that Mrs. Voracova’s case can be distinguished from [the] Djokovic [case] because his visa was not canceled for reasons of “good order”, the circumstances of his case do not lend themselves to such a conclusion either.
“As [already] noted, Ms Voracova is not opposed to vaccination and, unlike the Djokovic case where the Minister apparently found there was evidence that Mr Djokovic had shown disregard for self-isolation protocols, I have no such evidence before me to that effect in this case. ”
Djokovic was expelled the day before the tournament after initially being allowed to enter the country. He was aiming for a 10th title at Melbourne Park.
The Australian government eventually pursued the case that Djokovic, who confirmed in February that he was not vaccinated against COVID-19, may have disrupted civil order and undermined the country’s response to the pandemic. He had used a then-recent COVID-19 infection as the reason for his exemption.
Under Australian immigration law, Djokovic cannot obtain a visa for a period of three years unless the Australian Minister for Immigration agrees to an exemption on compelling or compassionate grounds.
Voracova’s circumstances were different from Djokovic’s on several fronts. The Czech veteran was kicked out of Australia a week after arriving on Dec. 30 while competing in a pre-Australian Open pre-event at Melbourne Park.
The decision to reinstate her visa was made on February 8, but Voracova did not play another Women’s Tennis Association event until late March in Spain.
The court heard evidence that she had wanted to play a tournament in Russia in early February.
“Ms Voracova’s lawyer provided a statement from Dr Milena Dostalkova, Ms Voracova’s general practitioner in the Czech Republic, and a supplementary statement from Ms Voracova dated 4 February 2022 detailing the difficulties she had encountered obtaining a visa for enter Russia to compete in the St. Petersburg women’s tournament,” Redfern said.
“It has been requested that Ms Voracova’s application be considered urgently, namely before February 8, 2022, so that she can make arrangements to obtain a visa and find a suitable doubles partner to participate in another tournament. in Mexico from February 21, 2022.”
The court also recognized the impact on Voracova’s professional career if a three-year ban on entering Australia remained.
“I also accepted that it would be difficult for Ms Voracova to have her visa canceled due to the potential impact on future travel to Australia and possibly, although less likely, to other countries,” said said Redfern.
age and Sydney Morning Herald sought to speak to Voracova at Wimbledon in London this month, but that request was denied.
Djokovic cannot enter the United States for the US Open in New York next month, but the former world No.1 has expressed optimism he will return to Australia.
“I believe things will change for the Australian Open. For the US Open, there is not much time, but hope dies last. I would like to play the US Open and at the Australian Open, but even if I don’t, it’s not the end of the world,” Djokovic said after winning Wimbledon.
On Thursday, the US Open confirmed that it would “respect the US government’s position regarding travel to the country for unvaccinated non-US citizens”, although it does not have a vaccination mandate in place for the tournament. , according to a PA report.
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