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Australian Open: Novak Djokovic Admits Mistakes

Tennis star Djokovic has admitted to having met journalists despite positive tests. He also stated his travel behavior incorrectly - his employees are to blame.

Novak Djokovic has spoken publicly for the first time since he had problems entering Australia. In a long statement via Instagram, he defended himself against allegations, but admitted two mistakes:

he met journalists when he already knew about a positive corona test and incorrectly stated on entry that he had not had any in the past 14 days visited other countries.

The 'Djokovic Case'

A decision on whether the world number one will be allowed to stay in Australia is not expected before Thursday. According to a report by the Australian news agency AAP, new information from Djokovic's lawyers has postponed the time frame, according to the office of Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke.  

Other documents had been submitted that could prove relevant to a possible cancellation of the visa. "That will of course affect the time frame for a decision," it said.

Djokovic had emphasized that he had not intentionally misrepresented his travel behavior and that he had not yet known about his positive test when he attended an event with children. 

What Was Incorrect Information On The Immigration Form?

This is misinformation that is "hurtful and worrying to my family" and needs to be corrected. He wants to point out that he has tried very hard for the safety of others and compliance with test specifications. It was important to him to make this clear, but he would not comment on the incidents out of respect for the Australian government.

Djokovic speaks of "human error"

However, the Serb also admitted that he had already known about his positive test results in an interview with the French sports newspaper L'Équipe on December 18, but had not canceled the appointment. He just kept his distance and only removed his mask for the photographer.

Novak Djokovic: Final before the start

"Although I went home after the interview and went into isolation for the prescribed length of time, after careful thought, that was a misjudgment and I understand that I should have postponed this commitment," he wrote.

Djokovic described the false information in the entry form as a "human error" of his agent, "which was certainly not intentional".

Djokovic was accused of not only meeting the journalists, knowing that he was infected, but also attending an event with children on December 17th - one day after the "test and diagnosis" and without a mask, according to the court documents.

Contracted Covid-19 In December

In his Instagram post he wrote that he did not know his test result at the time. "I had no symptoms and felt fine, and I didn't receive news of the positive PCR test until after the event."

Australia's border guards refused entry to the 34-year-old last week because he was not vaccinated against the corona virus and the documentation of his medical exemption was insufficient for the authorities. Because the border officials had not given him the agreed time to clarify, the decision was overturned at a court hearing on Monday.

The Australian immigration minister had reserved the right to make use of his personal rights and nevertheless to invalidate Djokovic's visa. That decision is still pending.

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