The latest twist in the drama surrounding Novak Djokovic is a combination of blame-shifting and more confusion. The tennis world No. 1 is now blaming his agent for a so-called administrative error during the completion of the Serb’s pre-travel declaration.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Djokovic refers to ongoing misinformation regarding his activities prior to travelling to Australia. The statement furthermore claims the Serb wasn’t notified of his positive PCR result until December 17 – which is in direct contradiction to a sworn affidavit made to the federal court. In his affidavit, Djokovic refers to having been both tested as well as diagnosed already on December 16.
According to Australian immigration minister Alex Hawke, the re-cancellation of Djokovic’s visa remains a possibility. Hawke has blamed the delay regarding a final decision on “lengthy” ongoing submissions by the player’s legal team.
But the world No. 1 may face more than just deportation. Lawyers have warned Djokovic could face a hefty fine or even prison time for breaking isolation rules after testing positive last month.
Djokovic on Wednesday admitted that he had known he had tested positive before he attended a newspaper interview and photoshoot in Serbia on December 18. He tried to mitigate the crime by saying he had worn a mask at all times – except for during the actual photoshoot.
Djokovic put the incident own to a personal error in judgement.
Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic has said the star should explain to local authorities why he had failed to comply with the laws on isolation.
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