Djokovic admits to having made "human errors" in his documentation to enter Australia
Novak Djokovic, this Wednesday, January 12, in Melbourne, Australia, during a training session.JAMES ROSS (EFE)

The Australian Immigration Department happens to be one of the toughest in the world. Precisely for this reason it is understandable that every image that transcends of Novak Djokovic hitting a tennis ball, while number one prepares for the Open that is due to start next Monday, falls like a neutron bomb on the administration led by Scott Morrison. Since the brutal setback that the Government took last Monday, when Judge Anthony Kelly annulled the order to cancel the tennis player’s visa and freed him from his isolation, the Executive focuses on tightening the fence to justify the start of a second process of deportation.

While the Minister of Immigration, Alex Hawke, continues to mull over the possibility of exercising his authority to re-withdraw his visa, Djokovic took a step forward this Wednesday at noon – Australian time. Despite having anticipated that he preferred not to give any type of statement until the entire process was resolved, the player considered it appropriate to try to clarify the activities that he carried out on the days immediately after December 16, date on which, according to the documentation provided by his lawyers, a PCR test was done that came back positive for covid. In passing, he also took the opportunity to apologize for what he describes as a “mistake” of the support team that accompanies him, in his declaration of entry to Australia. A discrepancy that Immigration investigates to certify to what extent it can constitute an argument to expel you.

In a message posted on his Instagram profile, Djokovic claims that he did not receive the result of the PCR test until December 17, “after the event” in Belgrade in which he was photographed with a group of young tennis players. At the same time, he acknowledges having felt “obliged” to attend the interview that the newspaper The team he did it the next day, because he did not want to “disappoint” the journalist with whom he had agreed to meet. Despite having isolated myself at home after the interview, and after having reflected it, I admit that [seguir adelante con la entrevista] it was an error in judgment, and I accept that I should have rescheduled that commitment for later ”, adds the player. On the divergence in his entry form to the country – Djokovic replied no When asked if he had traveled in the 14 days prior to his landing in Melbourne, when he was later confirmed to be in Marbella – the Serbian attributed the oversight to his entourage. “My agent apologizes for the administrative mistake he made. It was human error by no means deliberate. We are living in difficult times, in the midst of a global pandemic, and these errors can occur occasionally, “he justified. Nole.

Parallel to Djokovic’s statement, his lawyers seek to buy time and delay Hawke’s possible decision to activate another deportation protocol, and have provided additional documentation that, in their opinion, may be relevant. “Naturally, this will affect the time frame for a decision,” an Immigration spokesperson acknowledged on Wednesday.

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