Novak Djokovic admitted today that he made “mistakes” in filling out his Australia entry form and in his behavior after testing positive for corona. The Serbian number 1 in the world also trained in Melbourne today, but his participation in the Australian Open is not yet certain.
In a message on Instagram, the unvaccinated Djokovic announced that his entourage has provided the competent Australian authorities, who have to decide on a possible new cancellation of his visa and therefore deportation.
“We are living in difficult times with this global pandemic and sometimes mistakes happen,” said the defending champion in Melbourne.
However, the tennis player also denounces the “disinformation” about his activities in December in the run-up to and after his positive PCR test.
“That misinformation needs to be rectified, in particular to ease tensions about my presence in Australia, but also because it is very painful for my family.”
The misinformation is very painful for my family.
“Interview with L’Equipe on December 18 was an error of judgment”
Going back to the chronology of his corona case, Djokovic explained that he took a PCR test of his own accord on December 16, after attending a basketball game in Belgrade on December 14 where many spectators were later found to be infected.
Djokovic was seen in public in Belgrade the day after December 16, the day he tested positive, according to documents he provided to Australian customs.
The number 1 explains that he did a negative self-test on that 16th, simultaneously with his PCR test. On the 17th, he was at a postage stamp presentation and met young tennis players. Photos show that he was not wearing a face mask. “I was not yet aware of my result, had no symptoms and felt good. I also did a self-test that day before that meeting, which was negative.”
Djokovic admits he made “an error of judgment” when he met journalists from the French sports newspaper L’Equipe for an interview on December 18, the day after his positive result. “I didn’t want to leave the journalist out in the cold, but I respected social distancing and wore a mouth mask, except when my photo was taken. In hindsight, I better postpone that appointment.”
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“Human Error on Entry Form”
There was a lot of buzz in the Australian media yesterday about a ticked box on his entry form. This indicated that Djokovic had not traveled 2 weeks before his arrival in Australia. But he was still in Spain at the beginning of January.
“A human error and not intentional,” the tennis player calls it. “That form was completed by my entourage in my name. My manager sincerely apologizes for this administrative error.”
The Serb came to Melbourne with a medical exemption (based on his positive corona infection, ed.), but his visa was revoked at customs due to doubts about its validity.
He received that visa from the judge earlier this week, the Minister of Immigration is currently considering the case. He can still deport the tennis player from the country in a personal capacity.