Novak Djokovic’s commitment to standing up to vaccine tyranny is paying off.
The former No. 1 world overall and winner of 21 Grand Slam titles is set to be granted a visa by the Australian government, which will allow him to compete in the 2023 Australian Open.
Coming into another country shouldn’t be a problem under normal circumstances. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, “normalcy” didn’t exist in Australia.
When Djokovic tried to enter the country last year for this same tournament, he was detained by Australian immigration authorities after a dispute centered around a medical exemption Djokovic had from taking the vaccine (Djokovic had been clear he did not want to take the COVID vaccine for personal reasons.
His exemption was proven insufficient and his visa was rejected by the Immigration Minister at the time, Alex Hawke, and he was deported from Australia as a result.
"I am extremely disappointed with the Court ruling to dismiss my application for judicial review of the Minister's decision to cancel my visa, which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open," Djokovic said in a statement last January.
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But thanks to a change in government officials since then, Australia no longer requires foreigners to provide proof of vaccination when coming into the country (as of July 6), setting the table for current Immigration Minister Andrew Giles to grant Djokovic permission to come into the country.
Djokovic has yet to publicly comment on the good news.
Holding onto your convictions does not always mean that you will be rewarded for them in a way you deserve, but when occasions like this happen, you can’t help but feel that justice is still alive and well in this crooked world.
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