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Dubai tennis chief explains why he’s not worried about Novak Djokovic’s vaccine status

Salah Tahlak, the event director for the Dubai Desert Tennis Championships, said he is looking forward to welcoming Novak Djokovic back to the Middle East and the ATP Tour next week.

Djokovic just missed defending his Australian Open title in Melbourne last month when his visa was denied upon arrival owing to visa difficulties and his Covid vaccination status by border control officers.

As a result, the world No. 1 was held for hours at the airport before being transferred to a quarantine hotel, where he was held for several days.

Following a successful court appeal, the Serbian was released and appeared to be on his way to competing in the first Grand Slam.

However, immigration minister Alex Hawke overruled this and ordered the world No. 1 to be deported.

Djokovic, however, is set to return to the court in 2022 when he competes in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships next week.

Despite the fact that the world No 1 has not had his vaccine, event organizers have stated that they have ‘no concerns’ regarding his vaccination status.

“We have no concerns about [his vaccination status] since the most essential thing for us is to follow government policy and standards,” Director Tahlak stated.

“Vaccination is not required for entry into the country by the government.”

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