Novak Djokovic's lavish request rejected in Melbourne hotel farce

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Novak Djokovic (pictured right) putting his arm around Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley (pictured left).
Novak Djokovic (pictured right) reportedly had a a number of requests knocked back during his time in a detention hotel, while he waits for his visa issues to be sorted out. (Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic has reportedly had a request knocked back during his time in a Carlton detention hotel following his visa debacle with Australia.

Djokovic has made worldwide headlines this week after the 34-year-old was detained by officials at the border this week when attempting to enter Australia.

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The publication reports the Health Minister Greg Hunt wrote back to TA, on behalf of ATAGI, and said single-vaxxed or a person with a recent case of Covid would not be exempt

The World No.1 was moved to a Carlton hotel where he is waiting for his case to be heard on Monday.

Czech tennis star Renata Voracova was also on Thursday and spoke to media back home and blasted the conditions she was experiencing at the hotel, likening it to a 'prison'.

And Djokovic reportedly has a request for his personal chef to cook meals for him while in the hotel knocked back, according to The Age.

Djokovic had a request to move to a personal residence denied, by the federal government, and for his chef to cook for him.

However, he did have the request for the hotel chef to cook him food with specific dietary requirements.

The move comes as the publication reports Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley pressed the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) on November 10 on whether players who had not been double vaxxed, but had tested positive in the last six months, would be able to enter the country.

The letter, which did not mention Djokovic, comes as the World No.1 was initially granted a medical exemption from Covid-19 vaccination requirements to compete in the year's first major, but after a public outcry in Australia his visa was revoked.

 The publication reports the Health Minister Greg Hunt and an official wrote back to TA, on behalf of ATAGI, and said single-vaxxed or a person with a recent case of Covid would not be exempt.

Renata Vorecova rips into 'prison' conditions at hotel

Voracova had already played a doubles match at a Melbourne WTA event, before authorities changed their mind on the doubles star's visa.

After being detained, Voracova spoke to media back home and blasted the conditions she was experiencing at the hotel.

"I'm in a room and I can't go anywhere," the 38-year-old Voracova, ranked 81st in doubles, told the Czech dailies DNES and Sport.

"My window is shut tight, I can't open it five centimetres.

Fans of Novak Djokovic gather outside the facility where the tennis champion is reported to be staying in Melbourne on January 07, 2022.
Fans of Novak Djokovic gather outside the facility where the tennis champion is reported to be staying in Melbourne on January 07, 2022. (Photo by Recep Sakar/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

"And there are guards everywhere, even under the window, which is quite funny. Maybe they thought I would jump and run away," added Voracova, labelling the hotel as "a better dormitory".

"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."

Unvaccinated against Covid-19, Voracova was allowed to enter on an exemption after recovering from the disease late last year.

"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."

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