Czech tennis star Renata Voráčová deported from Australia after visa revoked

Czech tennis star Renata Voráčová has been deported after her visa was revoked by the Australian Border Force.

The 38-year-old flew from Melbourne on a flight to Dubai on Saturday night.

Voráčová, who had already played in a warm-up tournament in Melbourne, was held at the same immigration hotel as Serbian star Novak Djokovic after she was detained by Australian Border Force (ABF) officials on Thursday.

She is believed to have entered Australia last month with a vaccine waiver granted by Tennis Australia, having recently contracted and recovered from COVID-19.

But like Djokovic, she was told her visa had been revoked for failing to meet the federal government’s requirement that all incoming non-citizens be vaccinated against the virus.

“All travelers entering Australia must do so in accordance with our strict laws and entry requirements, regardless of their status or their reasons for entering the country,” said an ABF spokesperson.

“The ABF takes a multi-layered approach…this includes capabilities to investigate, locate and detain non-citizens who, after their arrival in Australia, have been found to have violated our border entry requirements.”

Voráčová is the second Australian Open participant to leave the country.

Late on Friday, an ABF spokesperson told the ABC that the first “departed Australia voluntarily after ABF investigations”.

Sources told the ABC that the person who left was a European tennis official, although this has yet to be formally confirmed by the federal government.

Voráčová made her grand slam debut in doubles in 2002 in New York, but won just one match in 12 appearances at the highest level and is currently in 81st place.

Meanwhile, lawyers for Djokovic have filed lawsuits as part of his fight to stay in Australia, confirming he has been granted a medical exemption on the grounds that he contracted COVID-19 less than a month ago and has since recovered.


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