Novak Djokovic and his surroundings declined to answer questions about Srb’s positive COVID-19 result and his alleged inability to isolate himself after diagnosis.
Djokovic, whose visa was revoked by the country’s federal government on arrival in Australia because he had not been vaccinated, managed to overturn the decision on Monday at a groundbreaking hearing and can now compete for his tenth annual Australian Open.
Before the Australian authorities revoked his visa, Djokovic presented medical records showing that he had received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis on December 16.
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However, Djokovic was seen taking pictures with the children on December 17 at an event at the Novak Tennis Center in Belgrade, just one day after a positive coronavirus test.
During a press conference on Djokovic’s family on Monday night, at which Novak was not present, Djordje’s brother and the rest of the family closed the question and answer after a reporter asked for a positive test and Novak’s subsequent moves the following day.
“This press conference is suspended at the moment,” Djordje said as Djokovic’s family got up and left the journalists.
Djokovic himself posted on social media to express his pleasure in renewing his Australian visa, but has not yet answered any questions about his December diagnosis of COVID-19.
I am pleased and grateful that the judge revoked my visa waiver. Despite everything that happened, I want to stay and try to compete @AustralianOpen
I stay focused on that. I came here to play at one of the most important events we organize, in front of amazing fans. 👇 pic.twitter.com/iJVbMfQ037
– Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) January 10, 2022
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“I am pleased and grateful that the judge revoked my visa waiver,” Djokovic wrote.
“Despite everything that has happened, I want to stay and try to race at the Australian Open.
“I came here to play at one of the most important events we organize, in front of amazing fans.
“I can’t say more for now, but THANK you all for standing up with me and encouraging me to stay strong.”
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While the Serb may now start at the Australian Open next week, an Australian government lawyer has suggested after a verdict hearing that Djokovic’s visa could still be revoked if immigration minister Alex Hawke decides to use his personal powers to remove the 34-year-old.
If Djokovic cancels his visa in this way, he will be banned from entering Australia for another three years.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been widely criticized for dealing with Djokovic’s saga.