Djokovic: ‘Sometimes mistakes can happen’

12 Jan 2022 | 15:10 | Tennis

The world number one tennis player has spoken out to explain the controversy surrounding travel declarations and event attendance.

In a long post on his personal page, Novak Djokovic said he wanted to “resolve persistent misinformation” about his attendance at events in December 2021 when he tested positive for Covid-19. .

The world number one tennis player said that he had taken a rapid test, the result came back negative on December 16, 2021 after attending a basketball game in Belgrade on December 14, 2021. There, some people tested positive. He also did a PCR test on the same day.

Djokovic did not know he had Covid-19 when attending the event when the rapid test result was negative. Photo: FBNV.

Djokovic did not know he had Covid-19 when attending the event when the rapid test result was negative. Photo: FBNV.

“The next day (December 17, 2021 – PV), I attended the tennis event in Belgrade to give the children prizes. I did a quick test before arriving and the result was negative. I have no symptoms. control and did not receive notification of PCR test results until after that event,” Djokovic said.

“On December 18, I was at my tennis center in Belgrade for the interview and photo shoot on L’Equipe as promised before. I canceled all other events except this one. I feel obligated to continue doing the interview and make sure to wear a mask, unless taking pictures,” the Serbian tennis player added.

As for the travel declaration, Djokovic said it was completed by the support team and his agent.

“Sincerely apologize for the administrative error in typing in the incorrect box about my previous schedule before arriving in Australia. This was a human error and certainly not intentional. We live in times. challenging with a global pandemic and sometimes mistakes can happen,” Djokovic explained.

The Serbian tennis player said he would not make any further comments out of respect for the Australian government and authorities. The information he mentioned above was also provided to the Australian government.

Shortly after, a spokesman for the Immigration Department said that Minister Alex Hawke is unlikely to make a decision today whether to cancel Djokovic’s visa or not.

Djokovic’s attorneys have recently provided additional lengthy submissions and supporting documents that are believed to be related to the potential for visa cancellation. Naturally, this will affect the time it takes to reach a decision. determined,” the spokesman said.

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