Czech tennis star detained in Australia ahead of tournament over COVID-19 vaccination concerns

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A Czech tennis player joined Novak Djokovic at a Melbourne hotel after her visa was canceled and her arrest by Australian immigration authorities over COVID-19 vaccination concerns.

Officials from the Czech Republic said on Friday that Renata Voracova was planning to leave Australia, but asked the Australian government for clarification on her detention. The hotel where Voracova and Djokovic is where Australia welcomes refugees and asylum seekers.

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Renata Voracova of the Czech Republic in action against Johanna Larsson of Sweden in their opener during day one of the Fuzion 100 Southsea Trophy at Canoe Lake Leisure on June 26, 2018, in Portsmouth, United Kingdom.
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“We can confirm that Czech tennis player Renata Voracova is in the same detention as Djokovic, along with several other players,” the Czech Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“We have submitted through our embassy in Canberra a protest note and ask for an explanation of the situation. However, Renata Voracova has decided to drop out of the tournament due to the limited training opportunities and leave Australia . “

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Renata Voracova of the Czech Republic returns a shot to Shuai Peng of China during a first round match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif., March 10, 2011.

Renata Voracova of the Czech Republic returns a shot to Shuai Peng of China during a first round match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif., March 10, 2011.
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Voracova, 38, has enjoyed most of her success in doubles matches. She is 648-410 as a doubles partner and 499-420 in singles. Either way, she didn’t make it past the second round of the Australian Open. She finished in the second round in singles in 2007 and in the second round in doubles in 2003 and 2014.

While Voracova is expected to leave the country, Djokovic has launched a legal fight.

Djokovic is appealing Australia’s decision to cancel his visa due to his COVID-19 medical exemption. According to Tennis Australia, Djokovic’s exemption request was granted to play at the Australian Open, but that was apparently not enough to enter the country.

Serbian Novak Djokovic holds the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after beating Russia's Daniil Medvedev in the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday February 21, 2021.

Serbian Novak Djokovic holds the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after beating Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday February 21, 2021.
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The Djokovic case is adjourned until Monday. He was not expected to leave the hotel despite requests to allow him to be moved to a house he was supposed to rent.


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