World News Tennis star Novak Djokovic admitted to attending an interview after testing positive for Covid-19 and making a mistake on a travel form
Separately, Djokovic addressed rumors that he was not self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19 in his native Serbia. The tennis ace said that he took both a rapid antigen and a PCR test on December 16, and while his rapid antigen test came back negative, he did not receive the result of his PCR test before he attended a tennis event in Belgrade on the following day, though it ultimately turned out positive.Djokovic, however, appeared to express remorse over his decision to go to an interview and a photoshoot on December 18, a day after he found out he tested positive for the coronavirus.Noting that his interview with French sports daily L’Equipe was a long-standing commitment, Djokovic said he “felt obliged to go ahead … as I didn’t want to let the journalist down.” He claimed that he kept distance from the reporter during the conversation, and was masked the entire time, save for the moment his picture was taken.“On reflection, this was an error of judgment and I accept that I should have rescheduled this commitment,” he wrote.The nine-time Australian Open champion indicated that the statement he put out on Wednesday would be his final comment on the controversy surrounding his visa debacle, adding that “it is always an honor and a privilege to play in the Australian Open.”The Serbian star caused a full-blown diplomatic scandal between his home country and Australia after he was detained by the Australian immigration authorities, who found that the medical exemption he received from Tennis Australia was not sufficient to grant him entry and canceled his visa. Only fully vaccinated non-Australian citizens or those who receive a medical exemption can enter the country under Canberra’s strict pandemic policy. Djokovic, who has long been opposed to Covid-19 vaccine mandates, successfully appealed his visa cancelation on Monday, and is currently training in hopes of playing at the Australian Open, set to kick off next Monday.