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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Djokovic sorry for COVID errors, Australian Open visa still in doubt

  • Djokovic calls immigration form a ‘human error’
  • Australia still considering revoking its visa
  • Serbian apologizes for photoshoot while COVID-19 positive
  • World No. 1 training for a shot at record 21st Grand Slam win
  • Anger is boiling in the Australian public in his presence

MELBOURNE, Jan 12 () – World tennis No. 1 and vaccine skeptic Novak Djokovic on Wednesday blamed human error for a mistake in his Australian immigration paperwork and for breaking isolation for a photoshoot when he had COVID-19 last month. apologized for

The 34-year-old Serbian superstar is chasing a record 21st men’s Grand Slam title at the Australian Open starting Monday but could be deported by the government, unhappy with his medical exemption from vaccination against the coronavirus.

Djokovic was held with asylum seekers at an immigration detention hotel in Melbourne for several days before a judge said the treatment was unfair and ordered them free.

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Although now training for the tournament at Melbourne Park, Djokovic can still revoke his visa if Immigration Minister Alex Hawke exercises discretionary power.

Djokovic’s reason was not helped by a mistake in his admission announcement, where the box stated that he had not traveled abroad in the two weeks before moving to Australia.

Actually, he went to Spain from Serbia. read more

“This was submitted to me by my support team – as I told immigration officials upon my arrival – and my agent sincerely apologized for the administrative mistake,” Djokovic said on Instagram. read more

“It was a human error and certainly not intentional.”

Providing false information in the form carries a maximum jail term of 12 months and a fine and possible visa cancellation.

The saga has sparked widespread anger among Australians, who have a 90% vaccination rate among adults.

“I don’t like his arrogance,” said Melbourne resident Tehan Iseman. “It looks like he’s telling some fibers too. So I guess he should probably go back.”

‘Error of judgment’

Djokovic was also saddened by an interview and photoshoot for the French newspaper L’Equipe on 18 December while being infected with COVID-19 for the second time.

“I didn’t want to disappoint the journalist, but made sure I kept social distancing and wore a mask while I was being photographed,” he said. “It was an error of judgment.”

The International Tennis Writers’ Association said it was deeply concerned that Djokovic did not inform L’Equipe’s team that he had tested positive. Its co-chairs said in a statement, “As journalists, we all take great care to follow the COVID-19 regulations and we would expect all players to do the same.”

Djokovic said he would not comment further on the vaccine controversy out of respect for Australian officials. “I just want the opportunity to compete (there),” he posted.

Djokovic’s visa was initially revoked on the grounds that he had not been vaccinated and his exemption – on grounds of having COVID-19 last month – was deemed unsatisfactory.

He denied media reports that he also knew he was infected when he attended a December 17 event in Belgrade to present prizes to children.

“I was asymptomatic and feeling well, and I was not reported to have a positive PCR result until after that incident,” he said, adding that a rapid antigen test before the incident was negative.

However, in an affidavit to an Australian court, Djokovic said he had been diagnosed a day earlier, on 16 December.

‘Arrogant, selfish person’

Fans, including many Serbian Australians, lauded him when he was detained, anti-Semitism hailed him as a hero, and his family portrayed him as a champion for individual rights. .

But when Djokovic walks off the court, he may face hostility from the crowd. read more

Australians are battling the wave of an Omicron version and Melbourne has ended one of the world’s strictest lockdowns.

“If an unaffiliated person with unsteady views on the science of immunology, who chooses to mingle with children without a mask even a day after testing positive for COVID-19, is inexplicably allowed to compete at a sporting event in Melbourne Granted, ticket holders of the Australian Open should demand an immediate refund,” The Age reader, Dr David Edgar, wrote to the Melbourne-based newspaper.

That was primarily one of a series of angry letters.

There can also be outrage in the dressing room, where all but three of the top 100 men are vaccinated.

With governments and medics around the world increasingly sensitive to vaccination as the only way out of the pandemic, Australia’s top-rating TV network unwittingly reveals the obsession behind the scenes.

Two Seven West media anchors were caught in an abusive “hot mic” off-air conversation, describing Djokovic as a coward. read more

There was some sympathy on the streets though.

In Melbourne also, Nick Shukla said, “I am looking forward to him coming on the court and playing in front of the Australian people and entertaining us.”

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Reporting by Sonali Paul and Courtney Walsh in Melbourne; Byron Kaye in Sydney; Alexander Vasovic in Belgrade; Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Written by Andrew Cawthorne; Editing by Angus McSwan and John Stonestreet

Our Standards: Thomson Trust Principles.


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