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Novak Djokovic Says He Ditched Quarantine While COVID-19 Positive And That He’s Sorry

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic’s visa situation is becoming a major soap opera episode that keeps on giving.

The highest ranked tennis player in the world is apologizing for his “lack of judgment” and breaking isolation protocols while testing positive for COVID-19.



In particular, he’s referring to an in-person interview he conducted last month with French outlet L’Equipe.

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Even though the tennis star knew his PCR test result was positive he still continued with the interview because he felt “obliged to go ahead and conduct the L’Equipe interview” and “didn’t want to let the journalist down”, he said in his Instagram post. He added that he socially distanced and wore a mask except when his photograph was taken.

In his Instagram post, Djokovic went through a timeline describing events he attended surrounding his testing positive for COVID-19.



On Dec.14 Djokovic attended a basketball game in his home country of Serbia, where he later found out several people who attended the event had tested positive. He took a rapid test two days after the event and his results came back negative.

“Out of an abundance of caution, [I] also took an official and approved PCR test on that same day,” Djokovic wrote on his Instagram.

The tennis star attended a tennis event where he was presented awards to children and was seen mask-less. Djokovic says he was feeling well and did not find out he tested positive until after attending the event.

Last week, Djokovic was denied entry into Australia and instead held in a quarantine hotel while awaiting trial. Due to his recent contraction of COVID-19, his visa was revoked despite previously being granted a temporary visa by Tennis Australia.

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