Piers Morgan has probed tennis star Novak Djokovic over a key issue which has intrigued and worried onlookers despite an Australian judge’s ruling to release the Serb on Monday. Djokovic ran into complications when trying to enter Australia via a medical vaccine exemption which was approved by two separate medical panels.
After being held in a detention centre for several days, Djokovic and his fans rejoiced as he was ordered to be let free on Monday.
Large portions of the Australian public were outraged that the 20-time Grand Slam winner would be allowed to compete, despite his vocal opposition to mandated vaccines.
And talks with border officials confirmed what many had suspected, with the 34-year-old revealing that he had not been vaccinated.
His exemption was therefore on the grounds that he had tested positive for Covid on December 16.
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A major issue subsequently arose, with pictures showing Djokovic in attendance at public events, without wearing a mask, days after his positive test was registered.
When the nine-time Australian Open winner’s family were pressed on the matter during Monday’s press conference, it was abruptly brought to an end.
On Monday evening, Morgan took the opportunity to press Djokovic himself on social media.
“If you tested positive on December 16, why did you attend public events in the next few days after that?” he queried.
Morgan’s question was in response to a social media post which showed Djokovic on court in Melbourne, which included an address to those who have been following the fiasco.
“I’m pleased and grateful that the Judge overturned my visa cancellation,” it read.
“Despite all that has happened, I want to stay and try to compete.
“I remain focused on that. I flew here to play at one of the most important events we have in front of the amazing fans.”
Djokovic’s family are outraged at the way he has been treated in Australia, with his father even calling for The Queen to intervene and ‘protect’ his son.
The Serb’s mother called the conditions in which he was kept ‘inhumane’, while she also reportedly claimed that he was only fed two meals per day.
While Djokovic now appears to be on the road to the year’s first Grand Slam, a spanner could yet be thrown into the works.
Despite Monday’s ruling, Australia’s immigration minister retains the power to immediately re-cancel his visa and deport the tennis sensation.