In a social media post, Djokovic admits to breaking isolation rules after testing positive.
The world’s highest ranked tennis player, Novak Djokovic, admitted errors in his Australian travel papers and behavior after testing positive for the coronavirus.
Here is the full text of his statement posted on social media:
STATEMENT BY NOVAK DJOKOVIC
January 12, 2022
I want to address the ongoing misinformation about my activities and attending events in December in the run-up to my positive COVID PCR test result.
This is misinformation that needs to be corrected, especially in the interest of alleviating wider community concerns about my presence in Australia, and to address issues of great hurt and concern to my family.
I want to stress that I have gone to great lengths to ensure everyone’s safety and my compliance with testing obligations.
I attended a basketball game in Belgrade on December 14, after which it was reported that a number of people had tested positive for COVID 19.
Despite having no COVID symptoms, I did a rapid antigen test on December 16 which came back negative, and as a precaution I also had an official and approved PCR test on the same day.
The next day I attended a tennis event in Belgrade to give prizes to children and did a quick antigen test before going to the event, and it turned out negative.
I was asymptomatic and feeling well, and only received notification of a positive PCR result after this event.
The next day, December 18, I was at my tennis center in Belgrade to fulfill a long-standing engagement for an L’Equipe interview and photoshoot. I canceled all other events except the L’Equipe interview.
I felt compelled to go ahead and conduct the L’Equipe interview as I didn’t want to let the reporter down, but I made sure to distance myself socially and wear a mask except when my photo was taken.
As I returned home after the interview to self-isolate for the required period, upon reflection it was an error in judgment and I accept that I should have postponed this engagement.
As for my travel declaration, this was submitted by my support team on my behalf – as I told immigration officials upon my arrival – and my agent sincerely apologizes for the administrative error in checking the wrong box concerning my previous trip before coming to Australia.
It was human error and certainly not deliberate. We are living through difficult times 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 current process.
It is always an honor and a privilege to play at the Australian Open. The Australian Open is very popular with players, fans and the community, not just in Victoria and Australia but around the world, and I just want the opportunity to compete against the best players in the world and to play in front of one of the best crowds in the world.