In a social media post, Djokovic admits that he broke isolation rules after testing positive.
World’s top tennis player Novak Djokovic has admitted mistakes in his Australian travel documents and his behavior after a positive coronavirus test result.
Here is the full text of his statement posted on social media:
STATEMENT BY NOVAK DJOKOVIC
12 January 2022
I would like to address the continuing misinformation about my activities and attendance at events in December in the run up to my positive PCR COVID test result.
This is misinformation that needs to be corrected, especially in the interest of easing wider community concerns about my presence in Australia, and addressing issues that are very hurtful and affecting my family.
I want to emphasize that I have tried very hard to ensure the safety of everyone and my compliance with test obligations.
I attended a basketball game in Belgrade on December 14th after which it was reported that a number of people tested positive with COVID 19.
Despite the fact that I had no COVID symptoms, on December 16, I took a rapid antigen test that was negative, and out of a plethora of caution also took an official and approved PCR test on the same day.
The next day I attended a tennis event in Belgrade to pass awards to children and took a quick antigen test before going to the event, and it was negative.
I was asymptomatic and felt good, and only after that event did I receive the notification of a positive PCR test result.
The next day, on December 18, I was at my tennis center in Belgrade to fulfill a long-standing commitment to an L’Equipe interview and photo shoot. I canceled all other occasions except for the L’Equipe interview.
I felt compelled to go ahead and conduct the L’Equipe interview because I did not want to let the journalist down, but made sure I distanced myself socially and wore a mask, except when my photo was taken.
While I went home for the interview to isolate for the required period, it was a judgment error on reflection and I accept that I should have rescheduled this commitment.
Regarding the issuance of my travel statement, it was submitted on my behalf by my support team – as I told immigration officials on my arrival – and my agent sincerely apologizes for the administrative error to tick the wrong box on my previous trip before leaving Australia then came. .
It was a human error and certainly not intentional. We live in challenging times in a global pandemic and sometimes these mistakes can occur.
Today, my team provided additional information to the Australian Government to resolve this matter.
Although I felt it was important to address and clarify misinformation, I would not comment further out of the utmost respect for the Australian Government and their authorities and the current process.
It is always an honor and a privilege to play in the Australian Open. The Australian Open is very popular with players, fans and the community, not only in Victoria and in Australia, but around the world, and I just want the opportunity to compete against the best players in the world and in front of one of the best crowds in the world.