The Australian government cancelled tennis star Novak Djokovic’s visa ahead of the Australian Open over his COVID-19 vaccination status. Amid Djokovic’s controversy, a video is widely being shared online with a claim that the viral video shows tennis player Dalila Jakupovic collapsing at the Australian Open in January 2022 after being vaccinated.

The video is shared with a caption that reads, “Mmmmm, Was this anywhere said On MSM?? MEANWHILE AT THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN, PROOF VAXXED TENNIS PLAYERS ARE DROPPING LIKE FLIES. ONCE THEY PUT PRESSURE ON THEIR HEARTS THATS WHEN THE ADVERSE EFFECTS OF THE VAX KICKS IN…’Scared’ Dalila Jakupovic Quits Her Australian Open Qualifying Match After a Coughing Fit and Distressed Bernard Tomic Needs a Medical Time-Out as Players Struggle To Breathe In Wind From Bushfires 👀 Dalila Jakupovic Was Leading When She Was Forced to Retire Due to Coughing The Slovenian Admitted Afterwards She Was ‘Scared of Collapsing’ In Melbourne British Player Liam Broady, Who Lost His Match, Also Said He Was ‘Gasping for Air’. Australian Bernard Tomic Called a Medical Timeout Due to Breathing Difficulties.”

The link to the post can be seen here.


NewsMobile did a fact-check and found the claim to be fake.

On searching with the keyword, we found the same video was uploaded by ESPN Australia/NZ on its Facebook page on January 14, 2020, with the caption that read, “Dalila Jakupovic has abandoned her Australian Open qualifying match after suffering a coughing fit in thick Melbourne smoke.”

The Guardian also uploaded the video on January 14, 2020, with the description that read, “Slovenian tennis player Dalila Jakupović has been forced to retire during her qualifying match at the Australian Open after suffering from severe coughing fits. The poor air quality in Melbourne already delayed the start of the qualifying rounds as smoke from surrounding bushfires smothered the city. Jakupović claimed the first set 6-4 against Swiss player Stefanie Vögele and looked likely to secure the second but collapsed on court before retiring.”

We found that the first case of COVID-19 in Australia was observed in late January 2020 and it began to administer COVID-19 vaccinations from February 22, 2021. Since the video is long before the COVID-19 vaccines were made available in Australia, we can evidently conclude that the video is old.

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