Novak Djokovic has moved to clarify how mistakes were made in the immigration document he submitted on his arrival in Melbourne last week before his visa was revoked and then reinstated in a COVID-19 vaccination case that has overshadowed the days leading up to Australian Open.
A statement was made public on Djokovic’s social media accounts on Tuesday while the men’s No. 1 men’s tennis player was at Rod Laver Arena holding a training session against Tristan Schoolkate, a 20-year-old Australian.
The nine-time and defending Australian Open champion is in limbo before the first tennis major of the year starts next Monday. Djokovic won a legal battle on Monday that allowed him to stay in the country, but he still faces the prospect of deportation because he has not been vaccinated against COVID-19.
On the form, Djokovic said he had not traveled in the 14 days before his flight to Australia. The Monte Carlo-based athlete was spotted in Spain and Serbia during the two-week period.
In a statement on Instagram, Djokovic described the speculation as “harmful” and said he wanted to address “continued misinformation” in the interest of “addressing a broader community concern about my presence in Australia.”
Djokovic said he had taken quick tests that were negative in the days before returning positive on a test he performed of an “abundance of caution” because he was asymptomatic.
He addressed the travel statement by saying it was submitted on his behalf by his support team, and “my agent sincerely apologizes for the administrative error by ticking the wrong box.”
“This was a human error and certainly not deliberate,” he wrote. “The team has provided further information to the Australian Government to clarify this matter.”
It’s about whether he has a valid exemption from rules requiring vaccination to enter Australia since he recently recovered from COVID-19.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s office said Djokovic’s legal team had filed further submissions against the potential cancellation of his visa.
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Djokovic’s father argues for son
Although Novak Djokovic still faces the prospect of deportation from Australia, his father reinforces public opinion at home in Serbia that the case is “closed.”
Serbs have gathered around their sports idol, who hopes to defend his title at the Australian Open this month – if he can stay in the country.
But he faces expulsion because he has not been vaccinated against COVID-19.
That has not stopped Srdjan Djokovic from presenting his case.
“An Australian court and an independent judge ruled after seven hours of examining all the facts that there is no ambiguity and that Novak is free to enter Australia and carry out his work,” he said.