Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic has admitted to breaking quarantine rules after contracting the coronavirus in December. He called this “misjudgment.”
In an Instagram post on Wednesday, Djokovic admitted to hosting a reporter and giving an interview two days after he tested positive for the new crown.
“I admit that I should have rescheduled at the time,” he wrote.
Djokovic’s actions remain under scrutiny from all sides after the Australian government repeatedly weighed whether he should be deported.
In a social media post, he accused the agent of making mistakes in filling out his application for entry into Australia. His remarks have led to a new round of investigations by the Australian government.
Djokovic, who has yet to be vaccinated against the new crown, is the defending men’s singles champion at the Australian Open, which starts next week. But his visa was revoked shortly after arriving in Australia on January 6 after immigration officials questioned his immunity to the vaccine.
But an Australian judge overturned the decision on Monday and asked the government to release Djokovic immediately.
The Australian government is likely to make further moves in this regard, with the country’s immigration minister likely to cancel Djokovic’s visa for the second time on the eve of the Australian Open.
Djokovic said on Instagram that he felt he should insist on an interview with L’Equipe. “I didn’t want to disappoint the reporter.” He said he maintained social distance and wore a mask when taking pictures.
“Team” also confirmed that Djokovic wore a mask throughout the interview. He insisted on wearing the mask even when reporters asked him to take it off for five minutes. The journalist, Franck Ramella, said he was told not to ask Djokovic’s vaccinations or mention the Australian Open “so he wouldn’t be asked if he was considering taking it” (virus) testing.”
Lamela wrote, “What’s the point of even asking?”
Djokovic said in the post that other reports that he appeared in public on December 16 after testing positive for the new crown were false news.
He also admitted that he made a mistake in the declaration document for entering Australia.
He said the agent had mistakenly concealed his travel history in the form. According to the declaration on the form, Djokovic did not travel in the 14 days before arriving in Australia.
But there are reports that he has visited Serbia and Spain during this period.
“My agent sincerely apologizes for making the wrong choice,” Djokovic said. “It’s a human error, it must not be intentional.”
“My team has submitted additional material to the Australian Government to clarify this matter.”
Australian immigration officials said on Tuesday they were investigating whether Djokovic made a “false declaration”. This charge could lead to the cancellation of the visa.
The Australian Open will start on January 17.