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Old 21-12-21, 02:09 PM   #641
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Old 21-12-21, 02:55 PM   #642
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Old 04-01-22, 10:10 AM   #643
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Murray beaten in the first round at Melbourne, wonder how much longer he'll keep going.
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Old 04-01-22, 12:33 PM   #644
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Djokovic has been given a medical exemption to play in the Australian Open.

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Old 04-01-22, 12:34 PM   #645
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You wonder if he wasn't World #1 and defending champion he'd be getting that.
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Old 05-01-22, 10:44 AM   #646
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Yep - Unbelievable really - what a precedent to set.

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Australians have reacted angrily to news that tennis player Novak Djokovic will play in the Australian Open, after being exempted from vaccination rules.

All players and staff at the tournament must be vaccinated or have an exemption granted by an expert independent panel.

Djokovic has not spoken about his vaccination status, but last year said he was "opposed to vaccination".

Organisers say he has not been given special treatment. But Australians have criticised officials and the player.

The controversy comes as the country is seeing tens of thousands of Covid-19 cases for the first time after enduring some of the world's strictest restrictions.

Over 90% of Australia's over-16 population is fully vaccinated, but some Australians still cannot travel interstate or globally because of current restrictions.

Amid the row, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Djokovic would be required to present evidence upon arrival that he has a genuine medical exemption from vaccination, or he would be "on the next plane home".

"If that evidence is insufficient, then he won't be treated any different to anyone else and he'll be on the next plane home," the prime minister told reporters. "There should be no special rules for Novak Djokovic at all. None whatsoever."

Many Australians had previously accused the government of allowing the rich and famous to do as they please while ordinary people remained separated from sick and dying loved ones.

"I think it's a disgrace," Christine Wharton, who lives in Melbourne, where the Australian Open will be held, told ABC.

"We've all done the right thing, we've all gone out and got our jabs and our boosters and we have someone that has come from overseas and all of a sudden he's been exempt and can play and I think it's an absolute disgrace and I won't be watching it."

A&E doctor Stephen Parnis tweeted: "I don't care how good a tennis player he is. If he's refusing to get vaccinated, he shouldn't be allowed in. "If this exemption is true, it sends an appalling message to millions seeking to reduce #COVID19Aus risk to themselves & others."

The decision raised eyebrows with some other tennis players too. "I just think it's very interesting. That's all I'm going to say," Australian Alex de Minaur said.

Britain's Jamie Murray added: "I think if it was me that wasn't vaccinated I wouldn't be getting an exemption. You know, but well done to him for getting clear to come to Australia and compete."

The Australian Open begins on 17 January, and the event's chief executive Craig Tiley said 26 athletes had applied for medical exemptions. "A handful" had been granted, he said, under guidelines set by federal regulators.

"We made it extra difficult for anyone applying for an application to ensure it was the right process and to make sure the medical experts deal with it independently," he told Channel 9.

Applications for medical exemptions are being assessed anonymously by two separate panels, with inflammatory cardiac illness or another acute condition listed as valid reasons.

But it is also possible Djokovic has recently tested positive for the virus, which would allow him to defer taking the vaccine.

He has not revealed his vaccination status and said last April: "Personally I am opposed to vaccination and I wouldn't want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel."

On Tuesday he said on Instagram: "I've spent fantastic quality time with my loved ones over the break and today I'm heading down under with an exemption permission. Let's go 2022. I am ready to live and breathe tennis in the next few weeks of competition."

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Victoria state government minister Jaala Pulford acknowledged the decision was "frustrating and upsetting", but also denied that Djokovic had received special treatment. Both she and Mr Tiley urged Djokovic to give more information to the public.

"It'll certainly be helpful if Novak was to explain the conditions in which he's sought an exemption and granted an exemption but ultimately it's up to him," Mr Tiley said.
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Yeah, it's pretty disgraceful. As I said earlier if he was someone in and around the top 100 I'm pretty sure he'd not be playing without the jabs.

Wonder if he decided to skip media duties would he get the same treatment as Osaka ?

Can't see him being a fan favourite nothing new there though.
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Old 05-01-22, 01:02 PM   #648
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Unsurprisingly the Aussies seem mightily pissed off at this decision.

Wouldn't surprise me if their Government steps in and doesn't allow him into the country.

No doubt the tournament organisers can't see past the $$$

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Would be AMAZING if he gets denied entry and the Governement step in.

A line has to be drawn with Anti Vaxxers. More so with high profile ones.
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Would be AMAZING if he gets denied entry and the Governement step in.

A line has to be drawn with Anti Vaxxers. More so with high profile ones.
He's been denied entry!
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He's been denied entry!
Where are you seeing that?

Would make for an excellent episode of border patrol.

Um...sorry mate you can't get in you've not been vaccinated and we've also found 10kg of cocaine in your tennis rackets
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Was on Twitter but looks to be a minor technicality when digging further - the wrong type of visa form completed rather than he has been sent packing.
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Fuck off Novak

Genius that they let him fly all the way down there.

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gotta love the Aussies dont give a fuck 'fuck you' to any & every one
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fair fucks to the Australian government on this one
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Also a headline writers dream.

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fair fucks to the Australian government on this one
fair play to them, they have placed their own under long term restrictions & (last minute TBF) said no to a world superstar at their art. Imagine our (party loving) government doing the same ...
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Also a headline writers dream.

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that's a headline worth living off, well forever
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Also a headline writers dream.

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Well done Australia, they let him travel all the way there and then fucked him off

Tootle pip you selfish superspreading cunt
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Old 06-01-22, 01:37 AM   #662
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The right wing Federal Government said he could come, the Victorian left wing State Government say no.

The right wing Federal Government pleaded with the State Government to let him in.

They still said no.

The right wing Federal Government cancel the visa.

Our Federal Government are a bunch of fuckwits.
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Old 06-01-22, 05:03 PM   #664
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^^^ how do you embed the tweet when there's no question mark near the end of the url? I'd learned how to delete back as far as the "?" but what the fuck is that "&" up to?
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Pretty sure I read that other tennis players have been let into the country on the basis of a medical exemption? Would be amazed if he wasn't let in eventually
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Just delete everything after and including the question mark
Thank you. I hadn't seen the ? as it seems to have moved way back or else there's a whole load of extra letters and symbols added where used not be.
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Old 06-01-22, 08:26 PM   #669
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Haha fuck you novak you sulky fucker. Your dad's a massive cunt too.
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Old 06-01-22, 08:36 PM   #670
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-59897918

I would say that this shows its not a fight for personal freedom or that he is uneasy about the speed with which the vaccine was released and more than he is just a gullible prick.

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muscle response testing is a thing in kinesiology. It definitely works
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Well his dad seems like a calm and rational guy…

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Bit melodramatic
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Old 07-01-22, 01:35 AM   #674
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You can see Novak takes after his old man, both are a little unhinged.
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Both a right couple of cunts. I hope they keep him locked up for weeks and make him shit in a bucket. Entitled prick.
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This is pretty disgraceful if accurate. Hopefully the attention Djokovic and this situation have created highlights stuff like this as well.

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There are 36 refugees at Djokovic’s Park hotel. Some have been stuck in the hotel for eight years and have been treated abhorrently by the state ever since. They deserve the attention and compassion that Djokovic’s brief stay among them is generating.
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In case anyone was wondering what a fuckwit take on the situation would be like.
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The righteous glow when you know you are on the opposite side of Nigel Farages argument.
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The righteous glow when you know you are on the opposite side of Nigel Farages argument.
fuckin called it there brother
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I donít get the banana republic reference?
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