Australian Border Force cancels tennis player Renata Voráčová’s visa in front of Australian Open
- January 7, 2022
A female tennis player from the Czech Republic is among three individuals associated with the Australian Open to have their visas cancelled.
The ABC can uncover Renata Voráčová, who has effectively played in a warm-up competition in Melbourne, is being confined in a similar immigration hotel as Serbian star Novak Djokovic.
She was kept by Australian Border Force authorities yesterday and taken to the Park Hotel in Carlton. Djokovic was kept after his appearance late on Wednesday night.
A government source acquainted with the case has affirmed Voráčová was informed by ABF authorities she should before long leave the nation, yet it is as yet unclear if she plans to challenge the decision.
Voráčová is believed to have entered Australia last month with a vaccine exemption conceded by Tennis Australia since she had recently contracted and recuperated from COVID-19.
Late on Friday an ABF representative let the ABC know that the third “individual has voluntarily departed Australia following ABF inquiries”.
Sources have told the ABC the third individual who has as of now left Australia was a European tennis official, albeit this is yet to be officially affirmed by the federal government.
For Voráčová’s case, Czech diplomats are in contact with the 38-year-old player, and the country’s consulate has sent off a formal dissent with Australian specialists.
“We can confirm that Czech tennis player Renata Voráčová is in the same detention as Djokovic, together with several other players,” the Czech Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
“We submitted through our embassy in Canberra a protest note and are asking for an explanation of the situation.
“However, Renata Voráčová decided to drop out of the tournament due to limited possibilities for training and to leave Australia.”
Voráčová made her grand slam debut in copies in 2002 in New York yet has won just one game in 12 appearances at the highest level and is as of now ranked 81.