Australia Open, the first tennis Grand Slam of the year, has been embroiled in controversy even before the start. The visa of another player after Novak Djokovic has been revoked due to the COVID pandemic, vaccinations and restrictions from the Australian government. Czech player Renata Vorasova, who arrived to participate in the Australia Open under vaccination exemption, has had to leave the country.
Czech doubles specialist Renata Vorasova played in Melbourne earlier this week but was asked to leave Australia after being detained by Australian Border Force officials. Reports say that Renata has flown home from Melbourne airport due to vaccination issues. The 38-year-old has been kept at the immigration center in Melbourne, which also includes Serbian legend Novak Djokovic. Djokovic is going through a legal process following the cancellation of his visa and has challenged the government’s decision in court.
The Australian Border Force has issued a notice to detain two people associated with the tennis tournament. Whereas the Czech Foreign Ministry said in a statement, “We can confirm that Czech tennis player Renata Vorasova is in custody like Djokovic due to visa problems. We submitted a protest note through our embassy in Canberra and discussed the situation.” However, Renata Vorasova has decided to pull out of the tournament due to limited chances of training and leaving Australia. Has won the match and is currently ranked 81st.