Australia has handled this quite badly. In particular, I think Tennis Australia, Victorian Government, and Federal government are 3 different entities that are not properly aligned, the criteria for getting a medical exemption not clear, etc. But at the end of the day, all Novak had to do to avoid all the trouble was get vaccinated, something we are all doing around the world whether we like it or not, and he should just do his part. So yeah its a bit embarrassing situation, but glad its happening to an arsehole like Novak.
The French open is next too, in May. If French president Macron follows through on his threat last week to really "piss off" the unvaccinated, then hopefully he follows Australia's lead and doesnt make it easy for Novak in France either
This comment of yours made me smile, “But at the end of the day, all Novak had to do to avoid all the trouble was get vaccinated, something we are all doing around the world whether we like it or not, and he should just do his part. So yeah its a bit embarrassing situation, but glad its happening to an arsehole like Novak.”
There’s a scatalogical joke doing the rounds - “If he’s number one, why does he behave like a number 2?” Thought that might bring you a smile
I still don't completely understand the ins and outs of whether and how he complies, or not, but do agree that it is hugely unfair on “ordinary” Australians who have been separated from their families for a very long time.
What really annoyed Australians is that for the last 3-6 months, this guy refused to reveal his vaccination status and whether or not he would be coming to Aus to compete in the Open. Then literally last minute, he posts on twitter from some airport, "just got my medical exemption and coming to Aus". Most of the other tennis players been here for weeks already competing in warm up events. It is his arrogance, and then when granted an exemption not very graceful or humble about it, that rubs a lot of Aussies the wrong way.
Then within 24 hours of his tweet he rocks up at Melbourne off an Emirates flight and the Aussie border force just says "Yeah nah sorry mate thats not an exemption". So they give him the choice to turn around and go back home or be detained in an immigration hotel if he wants to stay and fight.