TENNIS star Andrei Rublev has revealed he was allowed to go to Australia with Covid despite the ugly Novak Djokovic row.
The 24-year-old Russian tennis player will face Marin Cilic in the third round of Australian Open after defeating Ricardas Beraknis.
And before that match, he revealed his own battle with coronavirus ahead of the Grand Slam left him uncertain about whether he would be in Melbourne.
But although he was still positive for Covid when he arrived Down Under, he was let in and is no longer being tested.
Talking to Sports Club, Rublev said: “I am not personally tested at the moment because I just got over the coronavirus.
“When I flew to Australia, I was still positive, but the Covid SS level, as it is called, I won’t lie, it was very low and not dangerous.
“I was allowed to enter the country. In addition, I spent more than ten days in quarantine.”
That revelation came just a few days later Djokovic, 34, was deported after a humiliating vaccination incident that went on for nearly two weeks – which ended with him being banned from leaving the country for three years.
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Unvaccinated tennis player claims he’s visa-free but was expelled before the Australian Open.
Djokovic receive a hero’s welcome when he landed in his native Serbia on Monday and is now in Speak to a lawyer about suing the Australian government for £3.2m to ‘treat illness’.
The government has canceled his visa for the second time, said that they see the star’s presence in the country as a risk to the health and ‘good order’ of the Australian people while supporting their vaccination efforts.
They are also concerned that the star’s decision to defy Covid regulations in Serbia by attending an interview knowing she was infected ‘may encourage attitudes that violate public health regulations’ .
A journalist who interviewed Djokovic for the French magazine L’Equipe on December 18 said he was not informed about the star’s illness with coronavirus.
His positive test result was given as a reason to be exempt from vaccine regulations when he was granted a visa to compete at the Australian Open.
But it surfaced him greet fans at three events when infected in December – potentially getting him jail time for breaking the law in Serbia.
Happy Palace question about his return to Spain where he trained before flying to Oz.
His visa application falsely stated that he had not visited any other country – a mistake he blamed a manager for ‘checking the wrong box’.
His family claimed he was being held in prison-like conditions with not enough food.
Djokovic can also banned from participating in the French Open in May and the US Open in August because he hasn’t been vaccinated.
It is thought he could still be allowed to compete at Wimbledon – where he will try to beat Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal in a total of 20 Grand Slams each.
Currently, the tennis court legend has a majority stake in a pharmaceutical company that aims to develop a non-vaccine treatment for Covid.
Novak, 34, and his wife Jelena, 35, jointly bought an 80% stake in Danish biotech company QuantBioRes in June 2020.
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https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4502453/andrey-rublev-australia-open-covid-novak-djokovic/ Tennis player Rublev says Australia let him into country YES COVID and he ‘didn’t test anymore’ after Djokovic drama