Novak Djokovic Tries To Explain “Error” On Australia Entry Visa Form | World news

Novak Djokovic said his agent made a mistake on his Australia entry form when providing details of his trip in the days before he arrived in the country.

In an Instagram post, he said his “team has provided additional information to the Australian government to clarify this issue.”

He also admitted to being interviewed in person by a journalist from a French magazine in December after having tested positive for COVID the day before.

Australian authorities investigate player declaration form as he returns to Australian Open training

It comes as the Serbian player back to training on the tennis court, with photos showing him at Melbourne Park, the venue for the Australian Open – which starts Jan. 17 and for which Djokovic was named the number one seed.

Djokovic rests during training ahead of Australian Open

Additional information submitted to Australian authorities

In his message, the world number one said he wanted to tackle “continuous disinformation” about his movements after testing positive in December, before arriving in Australia.

A key issue was his registration form for Australia and the fact that the tennis player may have filled it out incorrectly when he checked a box stating that he had not traveled in the 14 days before arriving in Australia on January 6.

A social media post appears to show that Djokovic attended an event in Marbella, Spain during the period in question.

Separate photos also show the world number one in tennis during a training session in the country on January 2.

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Djokovic reportedly training in Spain ahead of Australia trip

In a lengthy statement on Instagram, Djokovic said: “On the issue of my travel declaration, this was submitted by my support team on my behalf as I told immigration officials at my arrival – and my agent sincerely apologizes for the administrative error by checking the wrong box on my previous trip before coming to Australia.

“It was human error and certainly not deliberate. We are living through a difficult time in a global pandemic and sometimes these mistakes can happen.

“Today my team provided additional information to the Australian government to clarify this issue.

“While I felt it was important to deal with and clarify the misinformation, I will not make any further comments out of respect for the Australian government and its authorities and the ongoing process.”

Positive COVID test before maintenance

Djokovic also admitted to attending an interview with French magazine L’Equipe the day after receiving his positive PCR result in December because he “felt compelled to go ahead and conduct the interview. from L’Equipe because I didn’t want to let the journalist down. “

“While I returned home after the interview to isolate myself for the required period, after reflection, it was an error in judgment and I accept that I should have postponed this engagement”, a- he writes.

He said he received the positive result on December 17, the same day he attended a tennis event in Belgrade to present prizes to children.

However, transcripts of Djokovic’s interview with Australian immigration officials and submitted to the Melbourne court show that he told them the positive PCR result was on the 16th, the day before the Belgrade event. .

“The most difficult period for us”

Novak Djokovic’s mother said she feared her son would still be deported from Australia and miss the first open of the year because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19.

Speaking to Australian television station Network Seven from Belgrade, Dijana Djokovic said her family is hopeful her son will have the chance to defend his title.

Dijana Djokovic
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“He’s not a politician, he’s not a criminal, he’s not a murderer, he’s just a tennis player, the best in the world. Let him play,” she said. declared.

She believes Djokovic’s case should be a “closed book” after a judge said he could stay in Australia.

“I am very worried so I realize that it is not over yet and we are all praying that he stays and plays,” said Djokovic.

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“I don’t think that’s fair. At least Judge, Honorable Judge Kelly, he decided, he decided he was free, so I can’t understand how a man can, you know , make the other decision. But I don’t know your laws in your country, so I really don’t understand. “

The tennis star reiterated his intention to compete in the open, writing that “it is always an honor and a privilege to play at the Australian Open”.

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“I just want the opportunity to compete with the best players in the world and play in front of one of the best crowds in the world.”

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