The controversial interview with Djokovic being infected: "Don't ask about the vaccine"

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In the meeting with ‘L’quipe’, which took place when Djokovic was positive for Covid, the Serbian’s press chief warned the journalist not to question him on the matter.

Djokovic, training this Wednesday in Melbourne.WILLIAM WESTAFP

Time seems to play in favor of Novak DjokovicBut the evidence is mounting against him. The fact that the draw for the Australian Open draw is at dawn on Thursday in Spain will not have to condition the decision of Alex Hawke, the Australian Immigration Minister, who was to pronounce on his possible deportation last Tuesday, but postponed the ruling after receiving new documentation from the tennis player’s team of lawyers.

In the event of entering the draw and later being expelled from the country, the nine-time tournament champion could be replaced by a lucky looser, one of the players from the previous phase who would have stayed on the road.

Such has been the succession of inaccuracies or lies in which the number 1 in the world has fallen that even the Prime Minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabic, commented, in an interview with the BBC, that his public appearance in Belgrade after learning that he had tested positive for coronavirus could be a clear breach of the rules. These demonstrations represent a change of position among the political authorities, since they take place after the past day 6, when the border forces revoked his visa, Alexsandar Vucic, President of the country, charge against Scott Morrison, Australian Prime Minister, speaking of political hunting against the tennis player, in the heat of the excited state of opinion in Serbia in favor of Djokovic.

Nole Not only would he have violated the isolation rules in his country of origin, but he also incurred a falsehood when completing the entry form to Australia and there are doubts about the date of the positive by Covid, the basis on which it was sustained to achieve the exemption doctor that would allow him to play the tournament. The positive would have occurred on December 16, but The mirror Y The New York Times published that, in principle, when scanning the report’s QR, a negative result appeared. This would have changed later, appearing only the positive.

Explanations on Instagram

After only one day of the controversial test, Djokovic was seen in Belgrade, without a mask, at an awards ceremony with young people. Aware that the rope is tightening around him, the tennis player, who was finally allowed to enter Australia after a court decision, explained on his Instagram account. I was asymptomatic and felt fine and did not receive notification of my positive PCR test until after that event.

I did know that he had contracted the disease a day later, when he gave an interview to the newspaper The team. I felt compelled to go to the interview with The team not to leave the journalist lying down, but I kept social distance and a mask all the time, except during the photographs. Returning home I isolated myself and reflected. I made a mistake in my judgment and admit that I had to postpone the appointment.

The French newspaper confirmed that it was. The author of the interview Franck Ramella, had been warned by the player’s press officer not to ask him about the vaccination, so he decided not to question whether he had considered taking a test either. This Wednesday, the International Association of Tennis Journalists valued what happened as extremely worrying. As journalists, we are very careful to abide by all the rules regarding Covid-19 and we expect all players to do the same, said Simon Chambers, its vice president.

Djokovic also tried to explain the error by marking no on the Australia entry form versus the question of whether he had visited any other country in the last 14 days. My agent sincerely apologizes for the clerical error in choosing the wrong box. It was human error and certainly not deliberate, he wrote regarding the document released by the federal court. The winner of 20 Grand Slam titles spent Christmas Eve in Belgrade to travel days later to Marbella, where they said goodbye to the year and stayed until the 4th, before starting the trip to Australia.

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