Novak Djokovic issued a statement after the vaccination scandal

Juliette Morgan
Novak Djokovic issued a statement after the vaccination scandal

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic made a statement after a scandal in Australia, where he was detained due to lack of vaccination against coronavirus. Djokovic posted a post on Instagram in which he told how it happened and explained why he appeared in public, although he was already sick with coronavirus.

I want to discuss the ongoing misinformation about my activities and participation in December events before I tested positive for coronavirus. This misinformation needs to be corrected, especially to reduce anxiety about my stay in Australia, as well as to address issues that are bothering and hurting my family.

 

 

Then Djokovic told in detail how he had passed antibody tests and PCR tests several times in Belgrade and they showed different results: at first, all the tests were negative, which is why Djokovic considered it possible to attend various events. Soon, a new PCR test turned out to be positive, but Djokovic did not cancel the planned interview and met with a journalist, which he now regrets.:

I felt I had to give an interview so as not to let the journalist down, but during it I kept my distance and was wearing a mask, except for the photo shoot. After the interview, I isolated myself at home, but now I think I made a mistake — the interview had to be postponed.

Djokovic also explained why he indicated incorrect information in the declaration when entering Australia. The declaration stated that he had not traveled in the previous 14 days, but later it became known that during this period Djokovic traveled to Spain. According to the tennis player, the declaration was filled out by his assistant, who accidentally ticked the wrong box:

It was a human error and, of course, unintentional.

Djokovic has faced problems entering Australia for the Australian Open tournament. His visa was cancelled at the airport because he had not completed the full course of vaccination required to enter the country. Djokovic provided a medical withdrawal from vaccination in the visa, but did not provide a justification for it, which was the reason for the cancellation of the visa. The athlete should have been deported immediately, but his lawyers filed an appeal. The first racket of the world waited for the court's decision for four days - in a hotel for migrants. As a result, the court overturned the decision to cancel the visa and let the athlete into Australia, but the authorities can still prevent the tennis player from the tournament, which will begin on January 17.

For Novak Djokovic, the Australian Open tournament is a landmark: he has won it nine times, a new victory will make him the record holder for the number of victories in Grand Slam tournaments in men's singles.

I think it is important to discuss this misinformation, but I will not comment further out of respect for the Australian authorities. It is always an honor for me to play at the Australian Open. Right now I just want to be able to compete with the best players on the court and perform in front of some of the best fans in the world,

- Djokovic wrote on Instagram.

More in the section Celebrity

People: Pete Davidson visited a psychologist because of Kanye West's threats
Celebrity

People: Pete Davidson visited a psychologist because of Kanye West's threats

Pete Davidson, Kim Kardashian's ex-boyfriend, whose breakup became known last week, had to visit a psychologist because of harassment and th...

'Grease' star Olivia Newton-John dies
Celebrity

'Grease' star Olivia Newton-John dies

Australian singer and actress Olivia Newton-John has died at the age of 73. This was reported in her official accounts in social networks. O...

Lars von Trier diagnosed with Parkinson's disease
Celebrity

Lars von Trier diagnosed with Parkinson's disease

Danish director Lars von Trier has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. This was announced by the Zentropa film company founded by him....

Ashton Kutcher opens up about rare autoimmune disease that nearly blinded him: 'I'm lucky to be alive'
Celebrity

Ashton Kutcher opens up about rare autoimmune disease that nearly blinded him: 'I'm lucky to be alive'

Actor Ashton Kutcher spoke for the first time about a rare autoimmune disease that nearly robbed him of his sight, hearing and ability to wa...

Snezhana Georgieva spoke about nutrition, her daughter and the development of taste
Celebrity

Snezhana Georgieva spoke about nutrition, her daughter and the development of taste

Secular diva Snezhana Georgieva once again held a Q&A column among her followers on Instagram* and spoke about her daughter Sophia, diet...

Kanye West reacts to news of Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson's breakup
Celebrity

Kanye West reacts to news of Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson's breakup

Kanye West reacted to the news about the breakup of his ex-wife Kim Kardashian with comedian Pete Davidson. On Instagram*, the rapper posted...

Mike Tyson accused the creators of the series about his life of stealing a biography: "They stole my story"
Celebrity

Mike Tyson accused the creators of the series about his life of stealing a biography: "They stole my story"

Mike Tyson has accused the creators of the Mike biopic, streaming platform Hulu, of stealing his biography. In social networks, the boxer sa...

Off-duty: Rihanna and A$AP Rocky on a walk in New York
Celebrity

Off-duty: Rihanna and A$AP Rocky on a walk in New York

Singer Rihanna and her lover A$AP Rocky got into the lenses of the paparazzi during an evening walk around New York. For a walk, Rihanna, wh...

Limp Bizkit lead singer Fred Durst married for the fourth time
Celebrity

Limp Bizkit lead singer Fred Durst married for the fourth time

Limp Bizkit lead singer Fred Durst married for the fourth time. This is reported by TMZ, citing documents obtained by journalists. The cerem...

Selena Gomez says she wants to get married and have kids
Celebrity

Selena Gomez says she wants to get married and have kids

Selena Gomez gave an interview to the Giving Back Generation podcast in which she shared her plans for the future. The singer admitted that...


People: Pete Davidson visited a psychologist because of Kanye West's threats
Celebrity

People: Pete Davidson visited a psychologist because of Kanye West's threats

'Grease' star Olivia Newton-John dies
Celebrity

'Grease' star Olivia Newton-John dies

Lars von Trier diagnosed with Parkinson's disease
Celebrity

Lars von Trier diagnosed with Parkinson's disease

Ashton Kutcher opens up about rare autoimmune disease that nearly blinded him: 'I'm lucky to be alive'
Celebrity

Ashton Kutcher opens up about rare autoimmune disease that nearly blinded him: 'I'm lucky to be alive'

Snezhana Georgieva spoke about nutrition, her daughter and the development of taste
Celebrity

Snezhana Georgieva spoke about nutrition, her daughter and the development of taste

Kanye West reacts to news of Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson's breakup
Celebrity

Kanye West reacts to news of Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson's breakup

Mike Tyson accused the creators of the series about his life of stealing a biography: "They stole my story"
Celebrity

Mike Tyson accused the creators of the series about his life of stealing a biography: "They stole my story"

Off-duty: Rihanna and A$AP Rocky on a walk in New York
Celebrity

Off-duty: Rihanna and A$AP Rocky on a walk in New York

Limp Bizkit lead singer Fred Durst married for the fourth time
Celebrity

Limp Bizkit lead singer Fred Durst married for the fourth time

Selena Gomez says she wants to get married and have kids
Celebrity

Selena Gomez says she wants to get married and have kids

Renee Zellweger reveals she loves getting old and criticizes anti-aging ads
Celebrity

Renee Zellweger reveals she loves getting old and criticizes anti-aging ads

Jessica Chastain arrived on a visit to Kyiv
Celebrity

Jessica Chastain arrived on a visit to Kyiv

Kevin Federline spoke about the unwillingness of his common children with Britney Spears to communicate with his mother. The singer answered him: "It hurts."
Celebrity

Kevin Federline spoke about the unwillingness of his common children with Britney Spears to communicate with his mother. The singer answered him: "It hurts."

US police are looking for a thief, like two peas similar to Bradley Cooper
Celebrity

US police are looking for a thief, like two peas similar to Bradley Cooper

Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson are parents again
Celebrity

Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson are parents again

'Six Days, Seven Nights' star Anne Heche had an accident and was hospitalized with serious burns
Celebrity

'Six Days, Seven Nights' star Anne Heche had an accident and was hospitalized with serious burns

Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson split up
Celebrity

Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson split up

Child harassment, sect and "putrid stench": what became known about Ezra Miller from the investigation of Business Insider
Celebrity

Child harassment, sect and "putrid stench": what became known about Ezra Miller from the investigation of Business Insider

Off-duty: Claire Danes on the beach in Malibu
Celebrity

Off-duty: Claire Danes on the beach in Malibu

15 employees accused Apple of ignoring harassment complaints
Celebrity

15 employees accused Apple of ignoring harassment complaints