Novak Djokovic. (Photo by Sarah Stier / Getty Images)
Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley bragged about his team’s “incredible work” after the visa crisis engulfed Novak Djokovic, in a video leaked to the Sunday Herald Sun newspaper on Saturday.
Addressing the camera in the internal video, posted online by the newspaper, Tiley said, âThere are a lot of finger marks and a lot of blame, but I can assure you our team did an incredible job. “
Australia’s main tennis body, host of this month’s Australian Open, has been accused of misleading players about the Covid-19 vaccine requirements to enter the country.
In a note to players, published by several Australian media, he indicated that a recent infection with Covid-19 could allow players to be exempted from being fully vaccinated against the virus.
The Australian government said the advice was only valid for Australian residents, not foreign nationals trying to enter the country.
He added that the Minister of Health had warned Tennis Australia of this in November.
Border officials tore up the entry visa of world number one men’s tennis player Djokovic for failing to meet the country’s Covid-19 vaccine requirements when he landed in Melbourne on Wednesday.
He is now in a migrant detention center, seeking to overturn the decision on appeal.
A potential second Australian Open player – Czech doubles specialist Renata Voracova – has had his visa canceled after being initially cleared into the country, his government has confirmed.
She was also placed in the Melbourne detention center.
âUnfortunately, over the last couple of days there has been a circumstance that concerns a few players, Novak in particular,â Tiley said in the leaked video.
“We understand the current situation we are in and are working closely with Novak and his team, and others and their team, who are in this situation,” he added.
The Tennis Australia chief said the organization chose not to raise the issue in public due to Djokovic’s trial.
But Tiley said her team had done “everything they could under all instructions given to them.”