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Djokovic December Covid Case Used for Exemption, Lawyers Say

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Tennis star Novak Djokovic was given an exemption by Australian authorities to enter the country based on a positive Covid-19 test on Dec. 16, his lawyers said in court documents, ahead of a hearing on Monday.

The lawyers for the world’s number one ranked player said Djokovic was issued an exception from Tennis Australia, the nation’s governing body for the sport -- and also received a document to that effect from the Department of Home Affairs on Jan. 1.