West News Wire: Novak Djokovic caught COVID-19 last month but did not show symptoms, according to his attorneys, and got formal approval from Australia’s immigration department before flying to the country with a medical exemption from its vaccination restrictions.

The No. 1 ranked Djokovic, who was detained in Australia after his visa was refused on arrival on Thursday, had his first positive coronavirus test on Dec. 16, but 14 days later “had not experienced a fever or respiratory symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 72 hours,” according to the petition.

On Jan. 1, Djokovic got “a document from the Department of Home Affairs (stating) that his ‘responses indicate that (he satisfied) the standards for a quarantine-free entry into Australia,” according to the report.

Djokovic was denied entry at the Melbourne airport late Wednesday after border officials canceled his visa for failing to meet its entry requirement that all non-citizens be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Djokovic was given a medical exemption backed by the Victoria state government and Australian Open organizers based on information he supplied to two independent medical panels.

But it has since emerged that the medical exemption, allowed for people who tested positive for the coronavirus in the previous six months, was deemed invalid by border authorities.

Djokovic is preparing for his challenge in the Federal Circuit Court on Monday.


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