The problematic exemption of Novak Djokovic

World tennis number one Novak Djokovic was exempt from vaccination against Covid-19 because he already contracted the virus in December, his lawyers said in a document filed in court on Saturday.

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“The date of the first positive Covid PCR test was recorded on December 16, 2021,” they said in a document filed with federal court, which seeks to overturn the rejection of his visa to enter Australia.

In a note to players published by several Australian media, the Australian Tennis Federation assured that a person who recently contracted Covid-19 could benefit from an exemption from the obligation to be fully vaccinated. Novak Djokovic has always refused to communicate on his vaccination status, while not concealing his hostility to vaccination.

Calendar conflict

But this new information has enough to raise some questions about the actions of the player: on his Instagram account As on his Twitter account, Novak Djokovic is seen shaking hands with a Serbian post official on December 17, the day after this positive test on December 16. The Serbian Post has just dedicated two stamps to the champion, which recall his exceptional record. According to recognized health standards and applied in all countries, a person positive for the coronavirus must isolate themselves between 5 and 10 days depending on the country, so as not to disperse the virus and infect other people.

The Head of Sports at Time Laurent Favre has reconstructed Novak Djokovic’s agenda according to his public traces: the champion continued to participate in public events after December 16.

Photos without mask just before

On December 14, 2021, two days before the announced date of his positive test, several agency photos show Novak Djokovic attending the Euroleague basketball match between FC Barcelona and Red Star Belgrade, with a faulty mask.

Eight days before the start of the Open

Novak Djokovic is still being held under police surveillance in a Melbourne hotel. But he asks again to leave the Park Hotel center and to be transferred to be able to start training, before the start of the Open which begins on Monday 17, according to his lawyers.

Lawyers for the Serbian champion want to get the rejection of his visa canceled, an appeal considered Monday by a court in Melbourne.

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