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Novak Djokovic jet blamed his agent for ‘wrongly ticking the box’ on the travel form before landing in Oz

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The anti-vax ace was accused of repeatedly breaking Covid rules as he arrived in Australia unscathed – sparking an ongoing battle over whether he should be deported. Are not.

Novak Djokovic is pictured in Belgrade, Serbia, on December 25

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Novak Djokovic is pictured in Belgrade, Serbia, on December 25
The tennis runner-up was then defeated in Marbella, Spain, on January 4

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The tennis ace was then defeated in Marbella, Spain, on January 4
His Australian Travel Statement form states that he has not traveled for 14 days prior to flying to Oz

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His Australian Travel Statement form states that he has not traveled for 14 days prior to flying to Oz
Djokovic attended a basketball match between Belgrade and Barcelona on December 14

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Djokovic attended a basketball match between Belgrade and Barcelona on December 14Credit: Getty

The Serbian star is facing deportation and being banned from traveling to Australia for filling out a wrong travel declaration.

The 34-year-old insists he has not traveled to any other country in the 14 days before departing for the Australian Open in Melbourne.

The original Monte Carlo star landed in Melbourne late on January 5 to play at the Australian Open.

But social media posts suggest he spent time in Spain during that time – and was photographed practicing on a tennis court in Marbella.

Now, in an Instagram post, he has argued on behalf of a representative that the claim on the form was “human error”.

“Regarding my travel declaration, this was submitted on my behalf by my support team – as I told immigration officials upon my arrival – and my agent sincerely apologizes for administrative error in checking the incorrect box about my previous travel prior to arriving in Australia.”


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“This is a human error and certainly not intentional. We live in challenging times of a global pandemic and these mistakes can happen at times.”

In the post, he also confessed that he met a journalist two days after he tested positive in Belgrade, before he went Down Under.

His travel statement, was published by Australia’s Federal Circuit and Family Court earlier this week.

On its website, the Home Office warns that providing “false or misleading information” to the government is “a serious offense” and carries a penalty of imprisonment.

Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said no decision would be made on Wednesday on whether to cancel Djokovic’s visa.

Since Monday, the Minister has considered personally intervening in the matter after Djokovic’s win over Australian Border Force.

“I want to emphasize that I have gone to great lengths to ensure everyone’s safety and compliance with my inspection obligations,” he wrote.

“I attended a basketball game in Belgrade on December 14 then it was reported that several people tested positive for Covid-19.

“Despite no Covid symptoms, I did a rapid antigen test on December 16th which came back negative and out of an abundance of caution, I also did an official and approved PCR test on the same day. that day.

‘HUMAN ERROR’

“The next day, I attended a tennis event in Belgrade to give out prizes to the children and did a quick antigen test before going to the event and the result was negative.

“I was symptom-free and feeling fine, and I didn’t receive notification of a positive PCR test result until after that event.

“The next day, December 18, I was at my tennis center in Belgrade to make a long-term commitment to an interview and photo shoot on L’Equipe. I canceled all events. other case.

“I felt obliged to go ahead and do the L’Equipe interview because I didn’t want the journalist to be disappointed.

“[I ensured] I stay away from society and wear a mask unless my picture is taken. “

Djokovic has not publicly spoken about his jab status, but last year admitted that he was “opposed” to vaccinations.

On January 4, the anti-vaxxer boasted that he was traveling to Melbourne to compete at the Australian Open after being exempted.

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But upon arrival, the Serbian was detained at an immigration center after his visa was significantly canceled, and then placed in quarantine hotel.

Lawyer for 20-time Grand Slam winner argued that he did not need to be vaccinated because he already had Covid and border force officials did not give enough notice to revoke his visa.

A judge on Monday ruled that released from custody.

But although a judge ruled his visa cancellation was “unreasonable”, the anti-vaxxer could still be kicked out of the country by the Australian government.

Picture of Serbian Novak Djokovic in practice before the tennis Grand Slam'Australian Open'

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Picture of Serbian Novak Djokovic in practice before the tennis Grand Slam ‘Australian Open’Credit: AP
Djokovic poses with youngsters at an event with the Belgrade Tennis Association on December 17

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Djokovic poses with youngsters at an event with the Belgrade Tennis Association on December 17Credit: Instagram
Tennis ace anti-vax has been accused of repeatedly breaking Covid rules as he arrived in Australia unscathed

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Tennis ace anti-vax has been accused of repeatedly breaking Covid rules as he arrived in Australia unscathedCredit: Twitter
Djokovic speaks at a panel discussion at the Novak Tennis Center on December 16

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Djokovic speaks at a panel discussion at the Novak Tennis Center on December 16
Djokovic landed in Australia on January 5 before being put in isolation

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Djokovic landed in Australia on January 5 before being put in isolationCredit: AP

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