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Tennis group says occasions main as much as Monday’s court docket listening to had been “damaging” for Djokovic

The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) known as the collection of occasions main as much as Novak Djokovic’s nation listening to on Monday, “damaging on all fronts” – together with to the athlete’s well-being, based on a assertion from the affiliation on Monday.

“In travelling to Melbourne, it’s clear Novak Djokovic believed he had been granted a necessary medical exemption in order to comply with entry regulations,” the assertion learn. “The series of events leading to Monday’s court hearing have been damaging on all fronts, including for Novak’s well-being and preparation for the Australian Open,” the statement adds.

ATP added that player medical exemption requests are made independently of the association but that it has been in “constant contact” with Tennis Australia to “seek clarity throughout this process.” The affiliation welcomed the end result of Monday’s listening to, through which a choose quashed the cancellation of Djokovic’s visa.

The affiliation stated it continues to strongly suggest vaccination for all gamers on the ATP tour, calling it “essential for our sport to navigate the pandemic.” It added that 97 p.c of the Top 100 gamers are vaccinated main into this 12 months’s Australian Open.

“The ATP fully respects the sacrifices the people of Australia have made since the onset of COVID-19 and the stringent immigration policies that have been put in place,” the affiliation stated. It added, “Complications in recent days related to player entry into Australia have however highlighted the need for clearer understanding, communication and application of the rules.” 

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