Here is a timeline of events so far.
Djokovic has been granted an Australian temporary entry visa to compete at the Australian Open, a tournament the 34-year-old has won nine times. Djokovic applied for the visa sometime in October or November 2021.
Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt has reportedly written to Craig Tilly, director of the Australian Open tournament and CEO of Tennis Australia, that a single Covid-19 infection in the past six months – without a full vaccination – does not meet the requirements for quarantine-free entry. does. According to a leaked letter published in Australian local media, the country.
Tennis Australia reportedly sends players a letter stating that a COVID-19 infection in the past six months, together with a letter from a doctor, would qualify as a valid medical exemption; And given that players have until 10 December to submit their medical waiver applications, according to a leaked letter published in Australian local media.
Djokovic attends a basketball game in Belgrade – after it was reported that several people tested positive with COVID-19, according to a statement posted on Djokovic’s verified Instagram account on January 12, 2021.
According to Djokovic’s statement, Djokovic takes a rapid antigen test – which is negative – and also takes an official and approved PCR test “out of caution”.
Djokovic’s PCR test result came back positive later that day, according to a copy of his test result in his affidavit, but his January 12 statement said he had to wait for a positive PCR test result until after a tennis competition on December 17. Information was not received.
Later, she was photographed at two events, and none of the participants are masked, according to images posted on her foundation’s official social media.
According to Djokovic’s statement, Djokovic attended a tennis event in Belgrade to give prizes to children who had previously taken a rapid antigen test, which was negative.
The Belgrade Tennis Association’s Facebook page posts various photos of Djokovic pictured with a group of young people at a tennis awards ceremony. One photo showed at least 26 people – mostly young – posing with them. Social distancing is not being followed and no masks are being worn.
At some point after the incident, Djokovic is informed of a positive PCR test according to his statement.
Djokovic is at his tennis center in Belgrade to complete a L’Equipe interview and photoshoot. His statement said that he socially distanced himself and wore a mask except when his picture was being taken.
Journalist Franck Ramela and photographer Etienne Garnier were not told whether Djokovic was Covid-positive before, during or after the interview with the tennis star in Belgrade, the French sports newspaper reported on 12 January.
The L’Equipe article states that Ramela has since tested negative for Covid-19. It does not mention Garnier’s health.
Djokovic tested negative for the virus, according to his affidavit.
, December 23
Djokovic has antibodies to the coronavirus, a document released by the Serbia Institute of Public Health supports the tennis player’s argument that he had recovered from Covid-19 upon arrival in Australia for the Australian Open.
CNN has contacted the Serbia Institute of Public Health in Belgrade to ask whether the antibodies may have come from a previous infection in June 2020.
Before the year ends, videos and images show Djokovic in Spain and Serbia over a two-week period before traveling to Australia. According to court documents obtained by CNN, when asked if he had traveled in the 14 days prior to his arrival in Australia, Djokovic put a ‘no’ mark on the travel declaration.
According to the affidavit, Djokovic’s team submits their travel declaration to the Australian Home Office, which informs them that it has been assessed and has been cleared for quarantine-free arrival.
Djokovic receives a border travel permit from the Victoria state government, according to his affidavit, where Melbourne is located and where the Australian Open will take place.
Leaving Spain the day before, Djokovic reached Melbourne around midnight. According to the affidavit, his passport is taken and he is taken to a small room where he is interviewed by border control officers.
At a news conference, Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed the letter sent to Tennis Australia from Health Minister Hunt on 29 November and read that a COVID-19 infection in the past six months alone does not meet the requirements for quarantine-free entry .
The Australian Border Force (ABF) is investigating whether Djokovic submitted a false declaration of travel before arriving in Australia.
Djokovic says his team has provided additional information to the Australian government to clarify the issue of his travel announcement.
However, Australian Border Force (ABF) officials are investigating possible discrepancies in the December PCR result of Djokovic as well as documents related to the movements of the tennis player when he tested positive for COVID-19 in Serbia, according to the investigation. A source with knowledge told CNN.
As he awaits a decision on whether he can stay in Australia, Djokovic is set against fellow Serb Miomir Kekmanovic in the first round of the Australian Open.
A previous version of this timeline incorrectly stated the number of known events involving Djokovic on 16 December.