Renata Vorakova took off from Melbourne Airport in Australia on Saturday.© AFP
Czech women’s tennis player Renata Vorkova took off from Melbourne airport in Australia on Saturday after her visa was revoked, a government source said. Vorakova, 38, was lodged at the same Melbourne immigration center as Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, who is struggling to get his visa revoked. AFP photo and video images showed the Czech player, who had originally planned to compete at the Australian Open, was forced out of a detention center earlier in the day. The source said he took off from Melbourne late Saturday evening.
Australia’s border authority said it was examining the visas of two people linked to the Australian Open in addition to Djokovic.
Although the Australian Border Force has not identified her, the Czech government has confirmed that Vorakova was one of those taken into custody. The second person is said to be an official associated with the tournament.
“The Australian Border Force’s investigation into the visa status of two other individuals linked to the Australian Open has concluded,” the border authority said in a statement late Saturday.
“ABF can confirm that both individuals have now voluntarily moved to Australia.”
Unconfirmed against Covid-19, Vorakova was initially allowed entry by Tennis Australia at the end of last year on a waiver granted to play at the Australian Open after recovering from illness.
But the Australian government says recent infections are not an acceptable reason for foreign nationals to gain entry without a thorough vaccination.
Vorakova also managed a doubles match at the Melbourne WTA event for the Australian Open starting on 17 January.
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