NOVAK Djokovic has ADMITTED breaking isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 in an “error of judgement”.
The anti-vax tennis ace has been accused of repeatedly flouting Covid rules as he arrived in Australia unjabbed – sparking an ongoing battle over whether he should be deported.
Serbian Novak Djokovic pictured at a training session ahead of the ‘Australian Open’ tennis Grand SlamCredit: Rex
Djokovic speaking at a panel discussion at the Novak Tennis Centre on December 16
His Australian Travel Declaration form states he had not travelled in the 14 days before flying to Oz
Now in an Instagram post the Serbian tennis star has confessed that he met with a journalist two days after he tested positive.
He wrote: “I want to emphasise that I have tried very hard to ensure the safety of everyone 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 tested positive with Covid-19.
“Despite having no Covid symptoms, I took a rapid antigen test on December 16 which was negative, and out of an abundance of caution, also took an official and approved PCR test on that same day.
“The next day I attended a tennis event in Belgrade to present awards to children and took a rapid antigen test before going to the event, it was negative.
“I was asymptomatic and felt good, and I had not received the notification of a positive PCR test until after that event.
“The next day on Decemeber 18 I was at my tennis centre in Belgrade to fufil a long-standing commitment for a L’Equipe interview and photoshoot. I cancelled all other events.
“I felt obliged to go ahead and conduct the L’Equipe interview as I didn’t want to let the journalist down.
“[I ensured] I socially distanced and wore a mask except when my photograph was being taken.”
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Djokovic’s statement also addressed the widely reported discrepancy in his travel declaration, published by the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia earlier this week. He attributed it to “human error” on behalf of his agent.
“On the issue of my travel declaration, this was submitted by my support team on my behalf – as I told immigration officials on my arrival – and my agent sincerely apologises for the administrative mistake in ticking the incorrect box about my previous travel before coming to Australia.”
“This was a human error and certainly not deliberate. We are living in challenging times in a global pandemic and sometimes these mistakes can occur.”
Australian immigration minister Alex Hawke has said a decision will not be made on Wednesday over whether to cancel Djokovic’s visa.
The minister has since Monday been considering personally intervening in the matter after Djokovic won his court battle against the Australian Border Force.
Djokovic has not openly spoken about his jab status, but last year did admit that he was “opposed” to vaccination.