Renata Voracova detained by Border Force Australian Open Tennis news
Veteran Czech Republic tennis player Renata Voracova has been arrested by Australian border forces officials and her visa revoked just days before the Australian Open.
The Czech Foreign Ministry confirmed to Wide World of Sport on Friday evening that Voracova, 38, was being held in the same Melbourne immigrant detention hotel as Djokovic, who is challenging her revoked visa in a scheduled court hearing Monday morning.
It is understood that she entered Australia with a vaccine exemption on the grounds that she had been infected with COVID-19 within the past six months, the same reason used by world number 1 male Novak Djokovic, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
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“According to our information, she has proven her non-contagious status in a way that allows her to participate in the tournament. She even played a match. For this reason, we have filed a protest note with the Australian authorities through from the embassy in Canberra, asking them to explain the situation, “Czech foreign spokesperson Aneta Kovářová told Wide World of Sports.
Voracova will not challenge the revocation of her visa and will leave the country without participating in the Australian Open, Ms. Kovarova said, “due to the limited ability to train”.
The ABF confirmed to Wide World of Sports on Friday evening that it had completed its investigation into the visa status of “two other people linked to the Australian Open.”
One of those people would be Voracova. The other would be a tournament official, who entered the country using the same vaccine exemption.
“The ABF can confirm that a person has voluntarily left Australia as a result of ABF’s investigations,” the spokesperson said.
Voracova had competed in Australia ahead of the Open next week.
She is currently ranked world No. 81 in doubles and has a career singles world record of 74.
She has won 11 WTA doubles titles as well as 15 singles titles and 56 doubles titles on the ITF circuit.
The saga surrounding Djokovic’s attempted entry into Australia has sparked heated debate.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there was insufficient evidence Djokovic relied on to obtain a medical exemption to enter Australia without being vaccinated.
“He did not have a valid medical exemption,” Mr. Morrison said.
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