Voracova ‘had done nothing wrong’: WTA supports deported Czech player

The Women’s Tennis Association will provide its strong support to the Czech tennis player deported from Australia after being caught up in the Novak Djokovic visa saga.

Doubles specialist Renata Voracova, who was sent packing from Australia after her visa was cancelled because of her COVID-19 vaccination status, expressed her frustration overnight about the “really tough” ordeal she had endured.

Czech tennis player Renata Voracova.Credit:Getty Images

On Wednesday the WTA – the powerful body which represents women’s players – said it will work with the various authorities to find the right outcome for Voracova who “suddenly had her visa cancelled when she had done nothing wrong”.

Voracova had already played in a warm-up tournament in Melbourne and spent several days in the country before being questioned by Australian Border Force officials.

The 38-year-old had been kept in the same deportation hotel as Djokovic before flying out of Melbourne last Saturday. She has said she was questioned for six hours by officials.

Like Djokovic, Voracova was granted a medical exemption after a multi-step review process set up Tennis Australia and the Victorian government to compete in Australia after recovering from the disease late last year.

The WTA, like the men’s ATP, is continuing to encourage its members to be vaccinated.

“The complications experienced over the past few days where athletes have followed the approved and authorised process of receiving a medical exemption for entry into the country are unfortunate,” the WTA said in a statement.

“Renata Voracova followed these rules and procedures, was cleared for entry upon her arrival, competed in an event and then suddenly had her visa cancelled when she had done nothing wrong.

“We will continue to work with all authorities on addressing this unfortunate situation in an appropriate manner.”

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