Tennis player Novak Djokovic has admitted that he made an “error of assessment” while attending an interview with a French newspaper journalist while he was positive for Covid.
In a statement posted on Djokovic’s Instagram account, he said he attended a children’s tennis event the day after testing for Covid-19.
“It was only after this event that I received notification of a positive PCR test result,” the statement said.
“The next day, December 18th, I went to my tennis center in Belgrade to fulfill a long-term commitment for an L’Equipe interview and a photo shoot. I canceled all other events except for the L’Equipe interview.
“I felt compelled to do the L’Equipe interview as I didn’t want to let the journalist down but made sure I was socially distant and wore a mask unless my picture was taken.
“Although I went home after the interview to isolate myself for the time required, after deliberation this was a misjudgment and I accept that I should have postponed this commitment.”
Djokovic’s statement also addressed the widespread discrepancy in his travel statement, released earlier this week by the Australian Federal District and Family Court. He attributed it to “human error” on behalf of his agent.
“The issuance of my travel declaration was submitted on my behalf by my support team – as I notified immigration officers upon my arrival – and my agent sincerely apologizes for the administrative error of ticking the wrong box for my previous trip before coming to Australia . “
“This was a human error and it was certainly not intended. We live in challenging times in a global pandemic and sometimes these mistakes can happen. “
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