Czech WTA player Renata Voracova has joined Novak Djokovic in the detention hotel as the authorities decided to cancel her visa, more than a week after she had already entered Melbourne, Australia.
ATP world No.1 Djokovic didn’t manage to get into Australia because his COVID-19 vaccine exemption documentation was marked as incomplete. We can argue whether or not his paperwork was sufficient or not, but Voracova’s case leaves little room for logic.
The Czech doubles world No.81 had already played a doubles match at the Melbourne Summer Set 2 tournament, when the authorities decided that the reason for her vaccination exemption was invalid. Voracova has recently recovered from COVID-19, so she was initially permitted to enter Australia without being vaccinated. However, the Australian government has now decided that a recent coronavirus infection does not mean a foreigner can travel to Australia without proof of full vaccination.
The 38-year-old Voracova has decided to leave Australia as soon as possible and will not play the 2022 Australian Open. The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a statement, demanding answers from Australia:
She held a valid medical exemption from COVID vaccination and until yesterday the Australian authorities had no problem with her stay in the country. The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Canberra sent a note to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade asking for a thorough explanation of the situation, an explanation of the circumstances of her detention and an explanation of why our player was taken to a detention hotel.
As most countries consider, COVID-19 vaccination should never immediately follow natural infection. At least some time should pass between the recovery and vaccine. We can argue that Voracova should have taken the vaccine earlier, but still, at present her immunity should be on par with vaccinated players. The fact that she had already spent over a week in Australia, makes the situation absolutely bizarre. Bureaucracy is taking precedence over reason. What do you think? Do you have a different opinion?