Djokovic ‘did not know’ of Covid result when in public: mother


Serbia’s Novak Djokovic arrived in Melbourne on January 5, beginning a protracted fight over his visa

Novak Djokovic probably “did not know” of his own positive Covid-19 test result when he mixed with the public in Serbia without a mask, his mother said Wednesday in a television interview.

The unvaccinated tennis superstar was seen in Belgrade after he claims he tested positive for Covid-19 on December 16 — the basis for the vaccine exemption he used to enter Australia.

“He did not know probably,” his mother Dijana told Australia’s Channel 7 television.

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Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said it would be a “clear breach” of the country’s Covid-19 rules if the tennis world number one was in public while knowing he had tested positive.

It was unclear when the player knew of his result, she said.

“The only answer to this can be provided by Novak.”

His travel document, which has been released by the federal circuit court, has a tick on the box to show that he had not and did not plan to travel in the 14 days before his flight.

The document spells out that “giving false or misleading information is a serious offence” and can result in being barred from Australia for three years.

There appears to be clear evidence that Djokovic did travel during that 14-day period.

On December 31, the SotoTennis academy tweeted a video of Djokovic training in Marbella, Spain.

On January 2, Djokovic was pictured by the Diario Sur local newspaper playing at the Puente Romano club in Sierra Blanca, Marbella, where he was staying in a villa.

A spokesman for Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said Tuesday he was “considering whether to cancel Mr Djokovic’s visa” by using his ministerial powers.


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