Tennis star Renata Voracova tracked down by border officials and faces being kicked out of Oz Open in row over Covid

TENNIS ace Renata Voracova faces being kicked out of Australia as the fallout from the Novak Djokovic saga continues.

The Serbian superstar was detained upon his arrival in Melbourne over issues regarding his medical exemption from vaccination.

His visa was revoked although Djokovic remains in Australia in hotel quarantine after his injunction request was adjourned until Monday.

Following Djokovic's dramatic arrival, doubles specialist Voracova was tracked down after also having entered on a medical exemption.

The 38-year-old admitted that she'd planned to be vaccinated at the end of the 2021 season but her plans were derailed after testing positive.

Voracova was initially allowed into Melbourne, and even played a match at the Gippsland Trophy on Wednesday.

But in a shock turn of events she was tracked down by border officials when her visa was also revoked.

While Djokovic continues to fight a legal battle, Voracova has accepted that she will have to fly home this weekend.

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She explained: "The federal officials let me in immediately.

“I was held at the Victoria state checkpoint as they sent my papers somewhere, but then they confirmed I was free to enter without problems.

“I don’t understand why they would come to me after a week and say, look, the rules that applied do not apply any more."

On initially being cleared to enter by Tennis Australia, as Djokovic was, she added: "I did everything they asked me to do. Apparently, Tennis Australia has misled us, which is annoying."

Tennis Australia reportedly told players that having recently been infected by Covid-19 was valid grounds for a medical exemption.

But it has since emerged that federal health officials told Tennis Australia on numerous occasions that this would not be the case for unvaccinated travellers.

Tennis Australia have since rejected that this was the case.

Voracova was collected by police offers and questioned before being detained at the same Park Hotel that is currently housing Djokovic.

Ahead of being flown home to Europe, she said of the experience: "It felt like in an action movie and it wasn’t pleasant at all.

I feel a bit like in prison

"I’m in a room and I can’t go anywhere. My window is shut tight, I can’t open it five centimetres.

“And there are guards everywhere, even under the window, which is quite funny. Maybe they thought I would jump and run away.

“They bring me food and there’s a guard in the corridor. You have to report, everything is rationed. I feel a bit like in prison.

“The men in plain clothes with the police came for me and deported me to the local detention hotel. You don’t expect anything like this to meet you here.

“Beetles and insects are not here, but it is not a place where you would like to spend more time."

Explaining why she decided against going down the legal route, she added: "I would have to ask for another visa and wait for a week, locked up in a hotel, without training.

“It doesn’t make sense. So I’m waiting for a permit (to fly out of Australia) on Saturday perhaps.

“I would like them to let him (Djokovic) play. We are athletes, we have come here to play tennis and not to deal with disputes behind the scenes."

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