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Detained Novak Djokovic challenges Australia's rejection of his vaccine exemption

Serbia's Novak Djokovic enters the field of play prior to play against Norways' Casper Ruud during their ATP World Tour Finals singles tennis match, at the Pala Alpitour in Turin, Nov. 15, 2021. (Luca Bruno/AP)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic enters the field of play prior to play against Norways' Casper Ruud during their ATP World Tour Finals singles tennis match, at the Pala Alpitour in Turin, Nov. 15, 2021. (Luca Bruno/AP)

The world’s highest-ranked tennis player remains in detention in Melbourne, Australia, on Friday as he appeals a decision to allow him into the country to play at the Australian Open.

Serbian Novak Djokovic has been vocal about not getting vaccinated against COVID-19, but Australian officials rejected the medical exception he used to secure a visa for the country.

So will Djokovic be able to take a swing at his 10th Australian open singles championship?

Host Peter O’Dowd talks to New York Times tennis writer Christopher Clarey about the latest.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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