Czech doubles player Renata Voracova flew out of Melbourne airport on Saturday after her immigration clearance was revoked by Australian authorities because of her vaccine status, according to the Czech Foreign Ministry.
Unvaccinated Voracova, who had already competed at a warm-up event in Melbourne after initially being granted access to the country, opted to leave voluntarily after she became embroiled in the saga over Australia’s handling of medical exemptions for unvaccinated players entering the country ahead of the start of the Australian Open on January 17.
The 38-year-old doubles specialist was being held at the same detention hotel as world number one Novak Djokovic, the defending Australian Open champion whose ongoing row with immigration authorities has gripped the sports world in recent days.
While Djokovic has chosen to await a Monday hearing which should provide final clarity on whether he will be deported or cleared to defend his title, Voracova has not waited.
“Voracova left Australia on Saturday based on her own decision to end her participation in the tournament due to complications with her visas,” the Czech Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
“The decision was not based on her expulsion from the country,” they added, also noting that they were yet to receive a response from Australian officials to a diplomatic inquiry they made on Friday.