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Did Novak Djokovic Really Test Positive for Covid-19?

Tennis Australia and the Victorian state authorities gave the world’s No. 1 permission to play in Melbourne only after providing a document showing that it had a positive test for Covid on December 16. In the eyes of his medical panels, though not the Australian government, that made him eligible for a medical exemption, which meant that Djokovic did not have to be quarantined for 14 days after arriving in Australia.

However, on Monday, The mirror claimed that when he scanned the QR code pertaining to Djokovic’s PCR test at 1:19 PM, it said: “Test result Negative.” However, an hour later, after another scan, he said: “Positive.”

Various others, including the New York Times reporter Ben Rothenberg – reported the same findings, and Rothenberg also posted a photo of the two different results. When The Guardian tried it on Tuesday, it returned universally positive results.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Der Spiegel said it had found an anomaly in the timestamp of the digital version of Djokovic’s positive test that it claimed indicated the result could be from December 26 rather than December 16.

When asked about Djokovic’s PCR test on Monday, his brother Djordje insisted that the entire process was public and that “all documents are legal.”

If Djokovic tested positive, why did he appear at various public events without a mask soon after?

Djokovic had a PCR test done at 1 pm on December 16 and received a positive result seven hours later. At the time of their test, Serbia legally required those who had Covid to isolate themselves for 14 days or risk a fine. Instead, Djokovic attended a stamp unveiling ceremony in his honor in Belgrade, which posted about on Twitter, and then also posed with 23 young players in his tennis academy.

Meanwhile, on December 18, the French newspaper L’Équipe said that he participated in their Champion of Champions. Awards photoshoot in Belgrade.

Djokovic has yet to comment. However, when his brother, Djordje, was asked about those public appearances at a media event on Monday, he suddenly announced: “This press conference is suspended at this time.”

Did Djokovic fill out his Australian travel declaration form incorrectly?

When Djokovic’s statement was filed on January 1, the answer “no” was marked with the question: “Have you traveled or will you travel in the 14 days prior to your flight to Australia?”

However, Djokovic flew to Melbourne from Spain on January 4, apparently we spent the new year in marbella. On December 31, a publication on social networks also tried to show him participating in an activity with the children of the SotoTennis Academy in Cádiz, where filmed a message.

TO tweet on On Christmas Day tennis journalist José Morgado suggests that Djokovic was in Belgrade with Serbian handball player Petar Djordjic, in a picture taken from the latter’s Instagram on the same day. A video of him playing tennis from a different account was posted on the same day and was removed on Tuesday.

In an affidavit that Djokovic filed with the court, he said that he “authorized” his agent to submit the travel declaration form, although among the documents he also suggested that it was Tennis Australia. In his interview with border officials, he appeared to attribute it at different times to the Australian government and its agent or manager. The form states that “giving false and misleading information is a serious offense. You may also be subject to a civil penalty for giving false or misleading information ”.

However, border officials may also have questions to answer. Serbia is not in the EU, but Spain is in the Schengen zone, so if Djokovic had traveled there should be a stamp in his passport showing the date of his arrival in Spain.

Did the Australian and Victorian Open authorities ignore their own rules?

Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley said last week that possible reasons for medical exemptions from vaccination to play in the tournament included a prior adverse response to vaccines, recent major surgery or myocarditis, or certified evidence of a covid infection in the previous six months.

However, the deadline to apply for a medical exemption from vaccination to compete in the Australian Open it was december 10 – six days before the positive result of the Djokovic test. However, on December 30 he allowed the Serbian to play. So why do the authorities seem to bend their own rules?

Novak Djokovic still faces the possibility of being deported from Australia.
Novak Djokovic still faces the possibility of being deported from Australia. Photograph: Kelly Defina / EPA

If Djokovic hadn’t tested positive, what was his plan to compete in melbourne?

At first glance, it seemed likely that Djokovic would be left out of a tournament that he won a record nine times until he caught Covid on December 16, which suddenly convinced Tennis Australia and the Victorian authorities that he deserved an exemption. medical. But would the world No. 1 really have turned down the chance to win the 21st Men’s Grand Slam in Melbourne if he hadn’t gotten sick?

What happens now?

Djokovic returned to practice on Tuesday as he awaited the decision of Australia’s immigration minister Alex Hawke, who could still revoke his visa a second time using the powers given him by the Australian Migration Act. Now that decision is likely to be Wednesday at the earliest.




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