Novak Djokovic apologizes for socializing while COVID positive

Novak Djokovic issued a statement apologizing for not being quarantined after a positive reaction to COVID-19 in December.

“This was a misjudgment and I admit that I should have reschedule this commitment,” Djokovic said.

“I didn’t want to disappoint the journalist, so I felt obliged to go ahead and do a Requip interview, but except when I was taking pictures, I was socially distant and wore a mask. . “

In the statement Post On Instagram on January 11, Djokovic explained that he attended a basketball event in Belgrade on December 14, and many were infected with COVID-19 and took the Rapid Antigen Test on December 16. Then, “with great care”, I went to have a PCR test. Djokovic did not receive notification of his positive test results until December 17.

Djokovic also explained that he had not received confirmation of a positive COVID-19 result until he attended a tennis event in Belgrade on December 17th and awarded the children an award. He said he had taken the COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) before attending the event to confirm that no virus had returned to negative.

“I was asymptomatic and feeling good and had not been notified that the PCR test was positive until the end of the event.”

Djokovic’s apology raised questions about the successful application for a medical exemption to enter Australia as part of a campaign to win the Australian Open when a photo of the award ceremony in Belgrade came out on Sunday. I will come later.

Tennis Australia and the Victorian Government will open the Australian Open on December 30 after filing a tournament exemption application declaring that the world’s number one male tennis player tested positive for COVID-19 on December 17. Approved exemption from Djokovic to play. There have been no fever or other symptoms in the last 72 hours.

Djokovic said in his remarks that he wanted to correct the false information currently circulating in the media. I thought this was important to alleviate widespread concerns about his presence in Melbourne.

He also explained that his visa blunder was the result of a human error and one of his management teams checked the wrong box for his previous trip before entering Australia.

“This was a human error and certainly not intentional,” Djokovic explained.

Tennis players also said they would respect the Australian government and would not comment on Australian visa procedures.

Djokovic release From immigration detention in Australia on January 10 after Federal Judge Anthony Kelly revived a tennis player’s visa.

At the hearing, Kelly considered the decision to cancel Djokovic’s visa “irrational.” The player was not given enough time to “consult others” and submit more on behalf of himself, who may resolve the misunderstanding.

But Interior Minister Karen Andrews said Submission In response to the January 9 appeal, Djokovic stated that he could still be detained despite a court order.

“The order of immediate release does not prevent re-detention if it has the power to detain,” the submission read.

Victoria Kelly Clark


Victoria Kelly-Clark is an Australian-based reporter focusing on the national political and geopolitical environment of the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Central Asia.

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