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Only 26 people connected with the tournament applied for a medical exemption and, Tiley said, only a "handful" were granted.
The names, ages and nationalities of applicants were redacted for privacy reasons before each application for a vaccine exemption was assessed by two independent panels of experts, and Tiley noted Djokovic is under no obligation to reveal his reason for seeking one.
But, he suggested, it would be "helpful" if Djokovic chose to explain it to a Melbourne public still getting over months of lockdowns and severe travel restrictions imposed at the height of the pandemic.
"I would encourage him to talk to the community about it," Tiley said. "We have been through a very tough period over the last two years."
Among the reasons allowed for those applying for a vaccination exemption can include acute major medical conditions, serious adverse reaction to a previous dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, or evidence of a Covid-19 infection within the previous six months.
Jaala Pulford, Victoria state's acting minister for sports, acknowledged in the Djokovic case that lots of people in the community "will find this to be a disappointing outcome," but added: "Nobody has had special treatment. The process is incredibly robust."
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Kim Clijsters reacts to Novak Djokovic being granted medical exemption for AO
Former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters wonders whether Novak Djokovic and other players who were granted a medical exemption will have to undergo testing every day and be in separate locker rooms. On Tuesday, Djokovic announced he received a medical exemption to play the Australian Open.
"Djokovic demanding and getting special treatment to excuse him being unvaxxed doesn’t really mesh with his desire to be the creator and leader of a union that protects all the players," a Twitter user Young Daddy tweeted.
Clijsters responded to the tweet: "I wonder if the none vaccinated players will have to undergo testing every day, will be in separate locker-rooms, separate eating area." Djokovic was the first player to publicly come out and reveal he applied for a medical exemption.
"Apparently 26 players asked for an exemption, a handful of players got the exemption granted. Not just Novak, I guess Novak is the only one who has been honest about it so far," Clijsters added.
A Czech tennis player has joined Novak Djokovic in immigration detention after having her visa canceled, authorities confirmed Friday.
Renata Voracova was detained after being informed by Australian Border Force officials that she had to leave the country. Czech officials are seeking an explanation to the situation but said Voracova had decided to leave Australia.
"We can confirm that Czech tennis player Renata Voracova is in the same detention as Djokovic, together with several other players," the Czech Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "We submitted through our embassy in Canberra a protest note and are asking for an explanation of the situation. However, Renata Voracova decided to drop out of the tournament due to limited possibilities for training and to leave Australia."
Novak Djokovic will be allowed play at the French Open even if unvaccinated - France's sports minister
France does not bar unvaccinated people from entering its territory but imposes tougher restrictions than on those who have had the shot.
Sports minister Roxane Maracineanu said International Tennis Federation protocols at major events meant an unvaccinated player would be entitled to enter France and participate in Roland Garros, which begins in May.
"He would not follow the same organisational arrangements as those who are vaccinated," Maracineanu told FranceInfo radio. "But he will nonetheless be able to compete [at Roland Garros] because the protocols, the health bubble, allows it."
Nick Kyrgios criticizes 'really bad' treatment of Novak Djokovic amid visa row
(CNN)Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios has criticized the "really bad" treatment of Novak Djokovic as the world No. 1's visa saga rumbles on.
Djokovic has been transferred to Melbourne's Park Hotel, a detention facility for refugees and asylum seekers, after his visa to enter Australia was blocked, according to CNN affiliates Seven Network and Nine News.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said this week that Djokovic, who hasn't publicly revealed his vaccination status, "didn't have a valid medical exemption" to the vaccination requirement for arrivals into Australia.
"Look I definitely believe in taking action, I got vaccinated because of others and for my mums (sic) health, but how we are handling Novak's situation is bad, really bad," Kyrgios wrote on Twitter on Friday.
"Like these memes, headlines, this is one of our great champions but at the end of the day, he is human. Do better."
The World No. 1 has been told he will receive no special treatment while he remains in immigration custody at the $109-a-night Park Hotel in Carlton.
Djokovic has been forced to tough it out alongside 32 other refugees and asylum seekers who have previously complained about poor living conditions at the hotel that has been dubbed the 'Alternative Place of Detention'.
The 34-year-old had also asked to be transferred to a rented apartment with a tennis court so he could train and remain in top shape ahead of the Australian Open with the tournament set to begin in a little over a week on January 17.
Djokovic even offered to pay for private guards in the hopes he could make the move.
Australian Border Force have rejected all of his requests and insisted he will remain at the hotel until a court rules on his deportation on Monday.
His detainment at the hotel has sparked rallies in Melbourne and Belgrade with the Serbian government claiming the conditions are not 'befitting' to the best sportsman while Djokovic's family have accused the Australian government of treating their son like a 'prisoner'.