Tennis player Novak Djokovic has received a medical exemption from taking the COVID vaccine, allowing him to play in the prestigious Australian Open tournament. However, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison is attempting to intimidate the star beforehand, threatening that Djokovic will be sent home if his medical exemption does not meet Australia’s standards.
Both Morrison and Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews expressed that they will not be afraid to enforce their tyrannical vaccine mandates, even if that means sending the world’s best tennis player back to his native Serbia:
"While the Victorian government and Tennis Australia may permit a non-vaccinated player to compete in the Australian Open, it is the Commonwealth government that will enforce our requirements at the Australian border," Andrews said. "If an arriving individual is not vaccinated, they must provide acceptable proof that they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons to be able to access the same travel arrangement as fully vaccinated travelers."
"If that evidence is insufficient, then he won't be treated any different to anyone else and he'll be on the next plane home," Morrison added.
So far, Djokovic has refused to be intimidated by the tyrants in Australia’s government ahead of the Australian Open. In October, he refused to reveal his vaccination status ahead of the tournament despite being pressured to.
While it seems as though the walls are beginning to close around Djokovic, the truth is he has already won the fight against medical tyranny in several ways.
His firm stance on medical privacy forced the Australian Open to allow unvaccinated players to be approved to participate in the first leg of the Grand Slam. His further refusal to say anything about the imminent threat of being sent home has further unmasked how desperate Australia is to squash any threat to or a rebel who would dare stand against their draconian ways. And even if his medical exemption is proven insufficient to get him to the tournament, it will hurt the Australian economy that will hold a premier tournament without its best asset.
While we hope Djokovic can get a chance on the court, he does not have to make a single serve to be the champion of this event.