Novak Djokovic on Wednesday admitted that he attended a newspaper interview and photograph shoot when he realized he was infectious with Covid-19 and blamed “human error” for an incorrect vacation declaration.
“I want to handle the continuing misinformation about my functions and attendance at functions in December … significantly in the fascination of assuaging broader issue in the group about my presence in Australia,” the men’s earth tennis no. 1 mentioned in a statement posted on Instagram.
Djokovic stated he attended a basketball sport in Belgrade on Dec. 14 and took a immediate antigen exam two days afterwards, soon after acquiring out a quantity of men and women experienced analyzed constructive at the occasion. That exam was negative but he also took a PCR exam out of “an abundance of warning.”
He attended a tennis event the up coming day to existing awards to young children, and was notified his PCR exam was constructive after the function.
Continue to, on Dec. 18, he attended an job interview and photoshoot for a French newspaper.
“I felt obliged to go in advance and carry out the L’Equipe interview,” he mentioned. “But I did ensure I socially distanced and wore a mask except when my photograph was remaining taken.”
“On reflection, this was an mistake of judgment and I take that I must have rescheduled this commitment,” he extra.
Djokovic also resolved speculation about a journey declaration submitted to Australian authorities indicating he had not traveled in the fortnight prior to arriving in the state, when social media posts showed him in events in Serbia and Spain throughout that interval.
In the Instagram submit, he mentioned his support crew submitted the sort and his agent “sincerely apologizes for the administrative blunder.”
“This was a human error and certainly not deliberate,” the defending Australian Open winner claimed.
The revelations appear right after an Australian court docket quashed the cancellation of his visa, allowing him to perform in the Australian Open Event that begins upcoming 7 days. The governing administration is even now contemplating cancelling the unvaccinated player’s visa.
The 34-12 months-old Serb on Wednesday explained he will not be making further more remark on the issue out of utmost respect for the Australian government and their authorities and the latest system.