What we know: Novak Djokovic and the Australian Open schedule
Here is the schedule of events so far.
Djokovic obtained a temporary entry visa for Australia to compete in the Australian Open, a tournament the 34-year-old has won nine times. Djokovic applied for the visa sometime in October or November 2021.
Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt has reportedly written to Australian Open director and tennis chief executive Craig Tilley saying that Covid-19 infection alone in the past six months – without full vaccination – does not meet the requirements for quarantine-free entry to Australia, according to a leaked letter published on Australian local media.
Tennis Australia is reported to be sending a message to players that infection with Covid-19 in the past six months, along with an accompanying letter from a doctor, will qualify as a valid medical exemption; He indicated that players have until December 10 to submit their medical exemption requests, according to a leaked letter published in Australian local media.
Djokovic is attending a basketball game in Belgrade – after which a number of people were reported to have contracted the Covid-19 virus – according to a statement posted on Djokovic’s verified Instagram account on January 12, 2021.
Djokovic is taking a rapid antigen test – which is negative – and also taking an official, approved PCR test “out of great caution,” according to Djokovic’s statement.
Djokovic’s PCR test result came back positive later that day, according to a transcript of the test result in an affidavit, but his January 12 statement says he did not receive the notification of a positive PCR test result until after a December 17 tennis event.
Later, he was photographed at two events, according to the photos posted on the official social media of his organization, and none of the participants was masked.
Djokovic is attending a tennis event in Belgrade to present prizes to children, having previously taken a rapid antigen test, which was negative, according to Djokovic’s statement.
The Facebook page of the Belgrade Tennis Federation publishes various photos of Djokovic with a group of young people at the Tennis Awards. One of the photos shows at least 26 people – mostly young men – standing with him. Social distancing measures are not observed and masks are not worn.
In the post-event, Djokovic received notification of a positive PCR test, according to his statement.
Djokovic is at his tennis center in Belgrade for an interview with L’Equipe and for a photo shoot. His statement says he socially distanced himself and wore a mask except when his picture was taken.
The French sports newspaper reported on January 12 that journalist Franck Ramila and photographer Etienne Garnier had not been told that Djokovic had COVID-19 before, during or after the interview with the tennis star in Belgrade.
The L’Equipe article states that Ramella has since tested negative for Covid-19. Garnier’s health was not mentioned.
Djokovic tested negative for the virus, according to his affidavit.
• December 23
Djokovic has coronavirus antibodies showing a document issued by the Institute of Public Health in Serbia, supporting the tennis player’s claim that he recovered from Covid-19 when he arrived in Australia for the Australian Open.
CNN contacted the Institute of Public Health of Serbia in Belgrade to ask if the antibodies came from a previous infection in June 2020.
Before the end of the year, videos and photos appear to show Djokovic in Spain and Serbia in the two-week period before traveling to Australia. Djokovic had marked “no” on his travel permit when asked if he had traveled in the 14 days prior to his arrival in Australia, according to court documents obtained by CNN.
Djokovic’s team has submitted its travel pass to the Australian Department of Home Affairs, which notifies them that it has been assessed and given access without quarantine, according to the affidavit.
Djokovic has been granted a cross-border travel permit by the state government of Victoria, according to his affidavit, where Melbourne is located and where the Australian Open will be held.
Having left Spain the day before, Djokovic arrived in Melbourne around midnight. His passport was taken and taken to a small room where he is being questioned by border control officers, according to the affidavit.
At a press conference, Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed and read the letter sent on November 29 from Health Minister Hunt to Tennis Australia that Covid-19 infections alone in the past six months do not meet the requirements for entry without quarantine.
The Australian Border Force (ABF) is investigating whether Djokovic submitted a false travel permit prior to his arrival in Australia.
Djokovic says his team has provided additional information to the Australian government to clarify the issue of his travel permit.
However, Australian Border Force (ABF) officials are investigating possible inconsistencies in documents relating to Djokovic’s PCR result in December as well as the tennis player’s movements in the days after he tested positive for Covid-19 in Serbia, a source familiar with the investigation told CNN. .
An earlier version of this timeline incorrectly stated the number of known events Djokovic attended on December 16.