Novak Djokovic launched a press release on Wednesday to “make clear misinformation,” which included discrepancies in an Australian journey doc used final week to enter the nation, as Australian officers take into account whether or not he needs to be deported.
The unvaccinated tennis star, whose visa was initially rejected final week however the choice was overturned by a choose, is hoping to win his twenty first grand slam singles title on the Australian Open which begins on Monday.
In Djokovic’s new assertion launched on Instagram, he addressed a journey doc error, which claimed he had not traveled internationally for 2 weeks previous to arriving in Australia. The Quantity One-ranked male tennis champion mentioned his agent made an “administrative mistake in ticking the wrong field.”
“This was a human error and definitely not deliberate,” he wrote. “We live in difficult instances in a world pandemic and generally these errors can happen.” His journey declaration appeared to battle with social media pictures of him touring between Spain and Serbia.
He additionally addressed questions surrounding when he examined optimistic for Covid-19 in Serbia, which was the premise for his request for an exemption to Australia’s stringent requirement that guests be vaccinated.
In his submit, he mentioned he attended a basketball recreation in Belgrade on Dec. 14, and mentioned he took a speedy antigen check and PCR check on Dec. 16 after some attendees examined optimistic. He mentioned he didn’t have signs and the speedy check was destructive. Whereas awaiting the PCR outcomes on Dec. 17 he mentioned he took one other speedy check that was additionally destructive earlier than attending a tennis occasion “to current awards to youngsters.” He mentioned after that occasion, he acquired a optimistic PCR end result. The date in his new assertion additionally seems to battle with paperwork he supplied to Australian officers that claimed his optimistic end result got here within the day prior, as The New York Times reports.
Regardless of testing optimistic, the following day he participated in an interview and photograph shoot “to satisfy a longstanding dedication,” he mentioned, including, “this was an error of judgement and I settle for that I ought to have rescheduled this dedication.”
Djokovic has been working towards at Rod Laver Area at Melbourne Park forward of the Australian Open.