Novak Djokovic issued a statement clarifying “misinformation” about the travel dispute in Australia

Novak Djokovic issued a comprehensive statement on Tuesday in which he tried to clarify the “misinformation” regarding his positive test for COVID-19 in December and the subsequent controversy when he tried to enter Australia at the Australian Open.

Djokovic, the world’s best singles player and a well-known opponent of the COVID-19 vaccine, was briefly denied entry to Australia after an Australian border check made a mistake in his medical exemption. He also submitted medical records showing that he had tested positive for COVID in December, sparking further controversy for a country with strict travel policies in the midst of a pandemic.

He was later held in a hotel for immigrant detainees in Melbourne while courts ruled on whether to allow him to enter the country.

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In the end, he won the challenge to enter the country and compete in the Australian Open, which caused even more controversy for those affected by limited travel to and from the country.

Djokovic’s statement sought to clarify what he called misinformation about his attempt to enter the country – especially how he had already tested positive for COVID when he attended a children’s tennis event in Belgrade in mid-December. He claimed that he did not know that he was positive at the time, that he did not receive a positive test report until the incident.

In addition, he apologized for the interview with L’Equipe – a French daily – at about the same time, although he was still consciously positive. Despite taking appropriate social measures during the interview, he admitted that the interview itself was a mistake and should have been translated. He also said that he would no longer comment on the subject.

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Djokovic has won the Australian Open nine times before, more than any other grand slam tournament. Winning the tournament in 2022 would give him 21 grand slam titles, moving up to 20 Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal titles.

This means that his travel visa may still be revoked if Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke decides to exercise his personal authority to remove the 34-year-old man from the country. This would prevent Djokovic from entering Australia for three years, although a decision is still pending.


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