Tennis star Novak Djokovic has admitted attending a L’Equipe interview and photoshoot despite knowing he was positive for COVID-19.
In a lengthy statement posted to his Instagram, Djokovic admitted to breaking isolation rules, having attended an awards ceremony at a children’s tennis event the day after being tested for COVID-19.
“I had not received the notification of a positive PCR test result until after that event,” he said.
“The next day, on 18 December I was at my tennis centre in Belgrade to fulfil a long-standing commitment for a L’Equipe interview and photoshoot. I cancelled all other events except for the L’Equipe interview.”
“I felt obliged to go ahead and conduct the L’Equipe interview as I didn’t want to let the journalist down, but did ensure I socially distanced and wore a mask except when my photograph was being taken,” he added.
Djokovic also addressed the widely reported error on his pre-travel travel declaration form, citing an administration error from his support team.
“On the issues of my travel declaration, this was submitted by my support team on my behalf, as I told immigration officials on my arrival, and my agent sincerely apologises for the administrative mistake in ticking the incorrect box about my previous travel before coming to Australia.”
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The world number one tennis star is currently waiting to find out if his visa will be cancelled by Australia’s Immigration Minister Alex Hawke ahead of the Australian Open next week.